Dentistry Topic Data Blog: Sleep Apnea

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Have you ever heard of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is an oral health condition that arises when breathing patterns are broken up or interrupted while you sleep. Typically, a person will not get a full night’s sleep if sleep apnea is present. Furthermore, if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. Fortunately, testing for sleep apnea is possible, and various treatments are available.

Are you at a greater risk for sleep apnea? Typically, sleep apnea is most prevalent in males over the age of 40. Genetics and family history also play a factor in determining if you are more likely to develop sleep apnea symptoms. Various defects such as a deviated septum, an oversized tongue, oversized tonsils, and even minor allergies and sinuses can increase your risk of developing sleep apnea.

Not all sleep apnea conditions arise in the same manner. Two main forms of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea arises due to errors with the signals that are sent from your brain to your chest that facilitate breathing while you sleep. If they are not received correctly, sleep apnea can arise. Obstructive sleep apnea is a form of sleep apnea that occurs when your physical airway is blocked or restricted. Depending on your sleep apnea symptoms, your dentist will prescribe appropriate treatments to help treat the condition.

If you would like to experience the life-changing transformation that sleep apnea treatments can provide, please stop by Thompson Dental Care for an oral exam from Dr. Steven Thompson and our team at our amazing dentist facility in Holley, New York. Schedule your visit by calling us at 585-638-5435. We want to ensure your smile is shining for years to come.