Most people fail to realize just how dangerous sleep apnea can be. It affects people of all ages in a variety of ways. Chronic in nature, it can present a multitude of various symptoms. The vast majority of patients with sleep apnea fail to realize they even have the disorder. There are still others who realize something is wrong right away. Those patients wake up gasping for breath, feeling as if they are being smothered. While this disorder is difficult to diagnose, it can be cured. The symptoms and the disorder can be treated.
If sleep apnea is not treated, as soon as possible, there can be lasting consequences. Those patients who suspect they might have sleep apnea or simply want to know more about it are welcome to come to our Artistic Dental office. We evaluate each patient individually and create a treatment plan in accordance with their needs.
What Are the Different Types of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is far more common than many people realize. It is defined as a sleep disorder. While sleeping, there are frequent breathing interruptions. In many cases, this is the result of a developed physical abnormality. Other times it might be due to a birth defect, or a deformity. While those are the physical causes of sleep apnea, there are other causes as well. In some instances, the brain can actually stop sending signals to the body to breathe.
There are different types of sleep apnea. The first is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As the name suggests, it is caused by something physically blocking the airway. It is the most common type of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is the second type. This type does not involve a physical blockage but rather a communication issue between the brain and the muscles used to breathe. The last type of sleep apnea actually occurs when a patient has both OSA and CSA . Known as complex sleep apnea, it is the rarest type. It is known as CSAS.
When patients suffer from sleep apnea, there are dozens of ailments that can result. Without restful sleep, patients never feel rested which can impair decision-making and leave their bodies susceptible to infection.
What Are the Risks?
Although sleep apnea is common, most people are unaware it can affect anyone, at any time, including children. Some patients suffer from the disorder without exhibiting any external signs. There are a number of factors that can impact the likelihood of someone suffering from sleep apnea. Smokers or those with a history of heart problems or stroke are more likely to have sleep apnea. So are people with a family history of sleep apnea as are those with chronic nasal congestion or those with abnormally thick necks.
Patients in need of information concerning sleep apnea, should come see us at Artistic Dental. Our staff is always willing to help educate our patients. We can be reached at (848) 222-3984. Contact us today.