A potentially fatal sleep disease called Sleep Apnea is characterized by frequent pauses in breathing while you're asleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and happen more often than 30 times each hour. Because not enough oxygen is taken in and not enough carbon dioxide is released from the body when breathing is continuously interrupted, there is an imbalance between the carbon dioxide levels and oxygen in the bloodstream.
The brain instructs the body to wake up and restart breathing, which detects this imbalance. People with Sleep Apnea struggle to breathe while asleep, which can cause loud snoring or choking symptoms. People with Sleep Apnea are frequently unaware they have a sleeping condition because they aren't always fully awake during the episodes.
This condition has two main variations: Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when air cannot pass through the mouth or nose even though the body is still trying to breathe. Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain cannot connect with the muscles involved in breathing. The dentist can readily cure Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is far more common.
Severe morning headaches, drowsiness during the day, and insomnia are typical obstructive Sleep Apnea indicators. Thankfully, the dentist has the know-how and equipment to treat Sleep Apnea effectively.
If Sleep Apnea is detected, it is imperative to get medical attention. Numerous times every hour, a patient with the condition may entirely cease breathing, which can swiftly progress to a fatal situation. Obstructive Sleep Apnea ensues when the patient's soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses into the airway. When the tongue drops to the back of the throat, the obstruction becomes tighter and cannot allow oxygen to reach the lungs.
When the abdominal, diaphragm, and chest regions compete for air, the issue gets worse. Their attempts to get essential oxygen only result in the barrier getting tighter and tighter. The patient must be awakened from a deep slumber to tighten the tongue and clear the soft tissue from the airway.
The heart must work harder and faster to compensate for the lack of oxygen because Sleep Apnea raises blood carbon dioxide levels and lowers oxygen levels.
Patients with Sleep Apnea may technically "die" numerous times every night. The dentist should look into sleep apnea immediately because it has been connected to serious heart-related issues.
The dentist initially wants to do tests to explore, diagnose, and decide on the best action. Depending on the diagnosis and the patient's health, the dentist can propose various treatment alternatives. The patient's dentist may suggest quitting smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking tranquilizers that cause Sleep Apnea.
There are now several less obtrusive solutions in place of the old sleeping masks used to keep the patient's airways open while they slept. Dental devices that gently prod the lower jaw forward prevent the tongue from obstructing the central airway. These dental appliances are mild, simple to use, and frequently assist patients in avoiding unnecessary procedures.
Surgery to split the lower jaw and help move the bone anchoring the tongue forward is a more durable option. This procedure is straightforward for the dentist or oral surgeon and has an exceptional percentage of success. The dentist must formally diagnose each situation before suggesting the best course of action.
Contact our practice today if you may benefit from Sleep Apnea treatment.
For top-notch Sleep Apnea treatment, look no further than Patel Dental Care, the premier dental practice in Chino, California. Our expert team is ready to provide you with the best dental care. Contact our practice today if you believe you may benefit from Sleep Apnea treatment. Experience exceptional care at Dr. Rakesh Patel, D.D.S., a trusted dentist in Chino and take the first step towards better sleep and improved oral health.
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