Do you snore loudly or wake up often during the night? If so, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. To find relief and start sleeping better today, contact Whole Body Dental in Bellevue, Washington. With a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Ghorbani can help you breathe easier and sleep soundly. Call or request an appointment online to get started today.
Sleep Apnea Q & A
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that disrupts your normal breathing while you sleep. It’s often characterized by loud snoring, snorting, or suddenly waking during the night with a feeling of breathlessness. When you stop breathing, you wake up so your body can reset your breathing cycle.
There are three types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This is the most common type; occurs when your tongue and throat muscles relax, and soft tissue blocks your airway
- Central sleep apnea (CSA): This occurs when lung muscles don’t receive the necessary signals from your brain
- Mixed sleep apnea: This is a combination of OSA and CSA
Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Inability to stay asleep
- Choking or snorting noises
- Daytime sleepiness
Symptoms can worsen if you are overweight or if you have large tonsils.
Many people don’t realize they have sleep apnea. They tend to think they just have a problem with snoring, and might not remember waking up repeatedly during the night.
Sleep apnea is more common in men than in women. You’re also more likely to have sleep apnea if you’re over 40.
Other common risk factors include obesity, alcohol consumption, and smoking. If you have a family history of sleep apnea, you may be more likely to develop the condition, too.
Dr. Ghorbani (formerly ‘Mashoof’) can help you reduce or eliminate your symptoms with a custom-made oral appliance that repositions your jaw to prevent blockages to your airways, as well as grinding, and clenching.
You can also reduce sleep apnea symptoms by implementing positive lifestyle changes, like losing weight and limiting your alcohol consumption before bed. You may also benefit from a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which uses mild air pressure to help keep your airways open while you sleep.