If you wake up feeling tired or experiencing fatigue, you may be affected by a condition known as sleep apnea. It is characterized by short lapses in breathing and affects millions of Americans. During sleep, patients may experience shallow breathing or pauses in breathing. They can occur several times per night and lead to health complications.
At Santa Margarita Dental Group, our Mission Viejo sleep apnea treatment approach includes performing a full diagnosis of the problem and providing the patient with a number of treatment options.
Sleep apnea impacts other areas of your life, which means any symptoms should be taken seriously. If you believe sleep apnea is present, contact your dentist or physician about having an exam. Often, a sleep study will be recommended to confirm the condition. Common symptoms can include:
• Daytime fatigue
• Abnormal sleep patterns
• High blood pressure
• Excessive snoring
• Sudden awakenings
• Waking up in sweat
Four types of sleep apnea include obstructive, central, mixed, and complex sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when soft tissue disrupts breathing in the airways. This is a high risk for obese people because they have more muscle and tissue mass.
Treatments for sleep apnea include medications, behavioral changes, dental appliances, and CPAP machines. To begin your diagnosis and treatment of this disorder, please contact our office and schedule an appointment.