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By S & G Family Dentistry
July 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that about 80% of all sleep apnea cases will go undiagnosed. This alarming number sleep apneamakes knowing and understanding the signs and symptoms of this potentially deadly disease. Find out more about recognizing sleep apnea and its treatments with Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS.

What is sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea occurs when a person experiences pauses in breathing or very shallow breathing during sleep. These pauses can occur up to 100 times an hour. These apneas can occur due to two different types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. When both types of sleep apnea occur at once, it is known as mixed sleep apnea. Obtrusive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs due to an obstruction in the airway. Central sleep apnea, or CSA, occurs when the signals between the lungs and the brain become jumbled, causing the patient not to breathe.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Since sleep apnea occurs while the sufferer sleeps, it is often noticed by a bed partner first. However, the patient may also experience some tell-tale signs of sleep apnea. Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include:

  • loud, excessive snoring
  • pauses in breathing during sleep (apneas)
  • waking up choking or gasping
  • insomnia
  • a sore throat or dry mouth upon waking
  • restless sleep
  • daytime sleepiness
  • exhaustion
  • irritability

Sleep Apnea Treatments in Leawood, KS 
Only a doctor or sleep specialist can diagnose sleep apnea. However, your dentist can help you find a treatment option that works for your diagnosis in the form of oral appliances. These appliances help reposition the mouth to take the pressure off the airway, helping it to remain unobstructed and preventing apneas. The appliance pulls the lower jaw forward, helping move the obstruction, normally the back of the tongue, off of the airway.

For more information on sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS. Call (913) 451-2959 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!

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