Loud snoring for some people is normal, but only a few people know that loud snoring can be a sign of Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder characterized by multiple pauses of breathing when sleeping. If left untreated, the condition can lead to other severe illnesses such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack. At Oak Park Dental Associates, we offer treatments for sleep apnea in Oak Park, IL to help prevent further complications.
What Happens When a Person have Sleep Apnea
When a person has sleep apnea, there are instances that they snore very loud that it can disturb others or oneself. There is also sudden and repetitive pauses in breathing and air choking. Patients suffering from the condition may have poor concentrations, moodiness, irritability, and sleepiness during daytime which can, later on, lead to depression.
Types Of Sleep Apnea
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
- In this type of sleep apnea, the airway is open. However, the brain failed to send the proper signals to the muscles that control the breathing.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- The most common type of sleep apnea. Unlike central sleep apnea, the airway is blocked by the soft tissue at the back of the throat.
Complex Sleep Apnea
- This type of apnea occurs when the two type of sleep apnea (Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea) merges.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
If the patient is overweight, the fat deposits and thickened tissues could cause blockage of the airways resulting in sleep apnea.
- Narrowed Airway
The airway may be narrow from birth or could be caused by enlarged tonsils and adenoids that blocks the airway.
- Brain Function
The brain is responsible for controlling a lot of things including breathing. The brain is the one the sends the signal to the muscle for proper breathing. If the brain fails to send the proper signal to the muscle, sleep apnea is likely to occur.
- Lose Weight
Losing weight eliminates excess fat and can help tighten the muscles.
- Stop Smoking
If the patient stops, smoking throat inflammation will decrease, giving a wide airway passage.
- Observe regular sleep hours
Stress may cause sleep apnea and enough hours of sleep could reduce sleep apnea.
- Elevate head when sleeping
Obstruction of the airway can be avoided by elevating the head while sleeping.
- Use oral appliances
If some treatments will not work, using of oral appliance is recommended. Oral appliance is an effective and non-intrusive treatment for sleep apnea.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, schedule your appointment with Oak Park Dental Associates for diagnosis & Sleep Apnea Treatment in Oak Park, IL. Call us at (708) 498-4165. Our dental office is located at 6711 W North Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302.