More than 25% of adults between the ages of 30 and 70 suffer with sleep apnea. This is a major concern because the disruption of your sleep schedule can have major ramifications for your health, as well as your ability to enjoy life.
Learn how to spot the signs of sleep apnea, and what treatment methods are available.
Signs You Might Be Suffering with Sleep Apnea
People with sleep apnea typically experience disruptions in their breathing, causing them to periodically wake up overnight. That said, it can be difficult to observe this occurring, unless a loved one points it out to you.
Here are some signs that you may need to get tested for sleep apnea:
What to Expect from Sleep Apnea Treatment
There are two major forms of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when your throat muscles relax during sleep, preventing you from getting the air you need. Roughly 4 in 5 cases of sleep apnea are obstructive.
Central Sleep Apnea occurs when your brain isn’t properly communicating with your muscles, causing breathing problems at night.
Treatment will vary depending on which one you have:
If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, we will likely recommend the use of an oral appliance, though patients with severe cases may need to undergo PAP therapy.
If you have Central Sleep Apnea, we will recommend you to a specialist who can help.
We’re a Durable Medical Equipment Provider with Medicare, which means Medicare patients can receive assistance when paying for their oral appliance.
Learn More About Snoring and Sleep Apnea at Kissimmee Family Dentistry
Along with our general and cosmetic dentistry services, we’re proud to offer sleep apnea treatment to our patients. Whether you’re ready to get tested or you have additional questions you’d like to ask first, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re located on Person Street and at the Loop.
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