Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that interrupts a person’s breathing during sleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed.
This occurs when something blocks the airway. Generally, this occurs when the soft tissue collapses in the back of the throat during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type.
CSA occurs when there is a lack of a signal from the brain instructing the body to breathe. This may be triggered by certain types of medical conditions such as arthritis, encephalitis, and Parkinson's disease.
A combination of both OSA and CSA.
Some of these issues may be signs of sleep apnea:
Any person throughout his or her life may be affected. The following may increase your risk of suffering from sleep apnea:
Following a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, exercise, and a regular sleep schedule may reduce your risk of being affected by sleep apnea. To further reduce your risk of being affected, you may want to consider the following:
At Greenbelt Dental Associates we understand that all of our patients have unique needs. We work hard to make sure that help is available for you to live the healthiest life possible.
A variety of methods may be used to get you to a point where you can sleep well through the night. Some treatments include:
Come in for a consultation to determine the type of sleep apnea treatment that is best suited for you!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our friendly staff at (301) 241-8100.