Sleep Apnea Therapy in Green Lake

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If you struggle with interrupted sleep, snoring, or you’ve got a partner that keeps you awake, we can help. By studying the dental treatment of sleep apnea at UCLA, Dr. Taba is uniquely qualified to provide relief and help you to get some rest. But first, what is sleep apnea?

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes pauses in breathing and/or shallow breathing while sleeping. Breathing pauses can last for just a few seconds to minutes at a time. In fact, some people who suffer from sleep apnea can pause their breathing up to 30 times or more in just one hour. For most people, normal breathing begins again, sometimes with a choking sound or loud snort. Because breathing is inhibited during sleep apnea, many people who suffer from the disorder report a poor quality of sleep, which can only make them tired the next day. Sleep apnea is actually the leading cause of daytime sleepiness, and the worst part is that many people have no idea that they have it.

How To Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?

More often than not, sleep apnea goes undiagnosed. Because sleep apnea only occurs while sleeping, it is uncommon for the condition to be diagnosed during a routine checkup with your physician. While sleep apnea is a condition that many people aren’t aware they have, a sign that you may be victim is if your partner sleeping next to you notices the signs of sleep apnea. If you think that your partner may be suffering from sleep apnea, be aware of chronic and loud snoring, pauses in breathing, and choking or gasping following the pauses in breathing.

Signs & Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

  • Morning headaches
  • Sleepiness during the day or while driving
  • Irritability
  • Depression, mood swings or personality changes
  • Waking up frequently to urinate
  • Sore throat and/or dry mouth when you wake up
  • Not being able to concentrate, memory or learning problems

dreamstime_xxl_22242950Sleep Apnea Occurs In Adults & Children

Although your child may seem fine throughout the day, sleep apnea can still occur. In children, sleep apnea can cause poor school performance, hyperactivity and angry or hostile behavior. A sign that your child may be suffering from sleep apnea is if they breathe through their mouths throughout the day instead of their noses.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

There are different kinds of sleep apnea, the most common one being obstructive sleep apnea. During obstructive sleep apnea, the airway becomes blocked or collapses during sleep. We ask that partners  listen for loud snoring and/or wheezing when their partner is sleeping, because any air that manages to squeeze past that blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea can happen to anyone, but is most commonly suffered by those who are overweight. In children who suffer from sleep apnea, enlarged tonsils may be the cause.

A less common type of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when signals aren’t sent correctly from the area of your brain that  controls your breathing muscles. Medical conditions are usually the cause of central sleep apnea, although, it can happen to anyone.

How Do We Treat Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is highly important to treat, and if you think that you are suffering from sleep apnea, it’s time to give our dentist a call. Your Northgate & Green Lake dentists at Oak Tree Dental Care can give you the next steps to take to become diagnosed with sleep apnea, and then help you treat it to once again have a sound night of sleep.