Sleep Apnea

A healthy airway has a lot to do with a person’s overall condition, as we all require a clean, adequate supply of oxygen in order for our bodies to complete an array of necessary functions.

When the airway is not working the way it should, it can interfere with human health in a number of ways. Yet, airway issues, like sleep apnea, often go undiagnosed and untreated, because, much of the time, those affected are unaware that there is anything wrong with their airway.

A diagram comparing an opened and closed airway

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by sudden interruptions in breathing. A person with sleep apnea will often stop breathing for extended periods during sleep then will resume breathing after the interruption has passed. Depending on the severity of the condition, interruptions may be brief and occasional or frequent and extended. Often, individuals who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware of it due to being asleep when the condition manifests.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea (which is a combination of the first two types).

With obstructive sleep apnea, the airway becomes blocked during sleep.

With central sleep apnea, the brain fails to send the body correct breathing signals during sleep.

All three types of sleep apnea can be treated with the help of a dental professional, and/or an airway specialist.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

If you have sleep apnea, you may be unaware of the condition and its symptoms. However, if you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may want to schedule an airway evaluation at our office:

  • Snoring
  • Intellectual decline
  • Daytime sleepiness (even after a full night’s sleep)
  • Fatigue
  • Obesity
  • Respiratory disorder
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Sleeping problems
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Polysomnography
  • Respiratory ventilation
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth upon waking
  • Irritability
  • Sudden gasping for air during sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day

Sleep apnea is a treatable health condition, and, with treatment, individuals may notice significant improvements in their overall health.

A list of sleep apnea symptoms
If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we’d like to invite you to call us at 303-423-0930 and request an appointment online. Our team provides exceptional service to residents in and around the Arvada area, including nearby communities like Golden, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Broomfield, and Lakewood.

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