Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions in Las Cruces, NM
Snoring during sleep, although common, can be a risk to our health. It can also be a sign of dangerous condition called sleep apnea. Dr. Reiter at Advanced Dental can provide sleep apnea solutions and sleep soundly again.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which you stop breathing periodically during the night. There are actually two forms of sleep apnea. The first is central sleep apnea, and this form of sleep apnea originates from the area of the brain that controls breathing while you sleep. That area stops sending the messages to breathe during sleep. This causes you to jerk awake and begin breathing again before you quickly fall back asleep.
The second form is obstructive sleep apnea. This is where a blockage obstructs your airway. This blockage will cause you to jerk awake when it happens and, like central sleep apnea, fall right back to sleep. These interruptions can happen dozens or even hundreds of times per night, making you feel tired the next day.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
There are numerous symptoms of sleep apnea. Some of the more common are as follows:
- Excessive Fatigue
- Mood Swings
- High Blood Pressure
- Sore or Dry Throat in Morning
What are the risk factors for developing sleep apnea?
Anyone of any age or gender can develop sleep apnea. There are some risk factors you should be aware of that make it more likely for you to develop sleep apnea.
Age – Adults age 40 or older are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea.
Gender – Sleep apnea affects males at a greater rate than females.
Weight – Being overweight puts you at a greater risk of sleep apnea as well.
What treatments are available at Advanced Dental?
The first thing that will happen if you suspect sleep apnea is for you to be diagnosed. Advanced Dental will administer a sleep study to determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea. If we confirm a diagnosis, your treatment can begin. The most common treatment we offer is an oral appliance. Dr. Reiter can fit you with an oral appliance that will gently shift your lower jaw. This will prevent your airway from closing and lessen the likelihood of a sleep apnea episode occurring while you sleep. It can also prevent snoring.