Sleep apnea is a common condition that affects nearly 22 million Americans. It is part of a range of sleep disorders. 80% of the people suffering from sleep apnea remain undiagnosed, which can compromise overall health.
Sleep apnea can add to conditions such as heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Sleep apnea can affect anyone, young or old, male or female.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the airway being blocked during sleep. The soft palate collapses and blocks the throat during sleep, leaving patients gasping for air overnight and waking up tired.
Central sleep apnea causes the brain to quit signaling the muscles to breathe.
Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea and causes the patient to suffer from an extreme lack of sleep and a reduced blood oxygenation.
Waking up hundreds of times during the night and not being aware of it can cause real distress to patients trying to lead a productive life. Patients may have severe fatigue during the day despite thinking they slept a full night. The reality is that they were in bed but their body did not get a chance to truly rest effectively due to the problems they may have unwittingly had breathing.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed by visiting with your primary care physician or getting tested using an electronic device you wear while you sleep.
Once your case is diagnosed and your case can be addressed by Dr. Vahid, he and the professionals at AV Dental can create a custom appliance worn at night like a retainer to help reduce sleep episodes. The dentists will make molds so it fits perfectly.
Depending on the severity of your apnea, a variety of other treatments may also be suggested.