One of the biggest risks to your health that often goes undetected is sleep apnea. It is characterized by interruptions to your breathing as you sleep. It can lead to snoring and other health problems. Those problems include increased risks diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, stroke and even heart failure. Because of this, it will need to be treated as soon as it is found.
Two common types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Whereas obstructive sleep apnea is caused by blockages in your airway, central sleep apnea occurs when signals from your brain to your body are not received. Both forms of sleep apnea can be treated.
If are concerned about sleep apnea, you need to visit your dentist to have a complete oral examination to determine what type of sleep apnea you are suffering from. In some instances, treatment may require nothing more than adjusting your sleeping habits or position. Other cases require the use of an oral appliance or device to help open up your airway and reposition your jaw. In severe situations, surgery may be required.
Do you have questions about sleep apnea? With sleep apnea treatments here in our office, we can make sure you remain healthy and enjoy a good night’s rest. If you would like to schedule an appointment to visit us at our dental office in Lakewood, Colorado, Dr. Roger Anderson and our team can be reached by calling 303-232-6205.