Know More About Sleep Apnea and How It Can Be Treated

Know More About Sleep Apnea and How It Can Be Treated

Posted by Dr. Lee on Aug 28 2019, 08:49 AM

Sleep apnea is a common yet serious sleeping disorder related to problems in breathing. This occurs when there is an interruption in breathing during sleeping. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to various health issues and can also to transmitted to your children.

Healthcare professionals and doctors have taken into notice the growing risks and dangers related to this and are taking action to treat this problem effectively. Hence, people diagnosed with sleep apnea now have a higher chance of getting treated. To learn more about sleep apnea, keep reading this article.

When or How Does Sleep Apnea Occur?

The usual cause of sleep apnea is when there is a lack of oxygen supply between your brain and the body. As a result, the person who suffers from this condition has difficulty breathing while asleep. Even when they stop breathing for a few seconds, this problem may occur many times during the same night.

What are the Health Issues Related to Sleep Apnea?

If you believe that sleep apnea is only limited to snoring or exhaustion, you are wrong. Numerous other health issues might occur due to sleep apnea, such as:

  • Heart stroke,
  • Diabetes,
  • High blood pressure,
  • Chronic diseases,
  • Heart-related problems.

In extreme cases of sleep apnea, people can even die due to ignorance towards solving this problem.

How is Sleep Apnea Related to Dentistry?

You may be surprised to see that even dentists can solve this sleep disorder problem; let’s know-how. But, first, dentists may be able to identify this disorder, even before any other doctor.

The very first sign or symptom of sleep apnea is bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding. Dentists look for causes or results of bruxism to identify whether a person has sleep apnea. Grinding makes your tooth weary, causing breakage in teeth and inflamed gums. Even a spike in the cavity indicates your teeth grinding habit, which is the force that damages teeth.

How Can It Be Treated?

Two dental appliances may be used to reduce sleep apnea, along with CPAP therapy:

  • Mandibular Advancement Devices
  • MADs look like athletic mouthguards that fit over your teeth to prevent grinding your teeth.
  • Tongue-Retaining Mouthpieces
  • These oral devices keep your tongue from falling back into the airway while sleeping at night.

Talk to your dentist and consult with them to get better advice on sleep apnea. Get expert treatment for sleep apnea from our experts at East burn Dentistry and Implants.  Dr. Daniel Lee and his team of dental experts are here to help you. Call us at 503 2334871 or visit our website for more details. We are located at 1415 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214.

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