Types of Sleep Apnea
There are two types of Sleep Apnea that Sleep Apnea treatment can treat
- Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain signals problems with breathing muscles. While the airway may not be blocked, there is a problem with the muscles that facilitate breathing.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of Sleep Apnea which is caused by a blocked airway. With this Sleep Apnea type, the soft tissue at the throat collapses while someone is asleep.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea can overlap, which makes it difficult to know which type you have. The most common symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Choking/gasping for air
- Episodes where you stop breathing
- Dry mouth when you awake
- Fatigue or insomnia
- Mood changes
- Morning headaches
When Sleep Apnea is left untreated, it can cause many health risks including an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, and irregular heartbeat.
How snoring affects your oral health
Extra oxygen isn’t always good for oral health. When the mouth is left open throughout the night, saliva can dry out. When this continues, the salivary glands begin to malfunction. This is known as xerostomia, which is a leading cause of gum disease. The more dry a mouth is, the more likely tooth decay and cavities will develop. It also makes it easier for plaque to accumulate and dissolve tooth enamel. Lack of saliva can lead to gum and mouth infections, gum disease as well as burning mouth syndrome. A strict oral hygiene routine at home can help counteract these side effects.
Sleep apnea treatment options
CPAP devices (continuous positive airway pressure) devices help treat obstructive Sleep Apnea patients. This allows them to breath normally throughout the night. Oral appliance therapy also is helpful for oral health too. At Hilltop Dental, Dr. Apelian offers oral appliances that are comfortable to wear, small in size, durable, easy to clean, easy to insert and remove, and also easy to adjust. One of the most successful oral appliances is Panthera®
Call to Schedule an Appointment With a California Preventive Dentist Today
If you need a general dentist for Sleep Apnea treatment, call to schedule an appointment with our professional staff. At Hilltop Dental, our experienced dental staff can provide Sleep Apnea treatment. We use the most modern diagnostic and treatment techniques for your convenience while providing superior dental care services. We serve the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Malibu, and surrounding areas. Check out our web page at hilltopdentalcare.com for more information. Schedule an appointment by calling our team at 818-303-2241 today.