What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where your breathing stops periodically, or as many as 20 to 30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing, the lack of oxygen signals your brain to wake up and restart regular breathing.
That sudden return to an awake state is sudden and brief. You probably won't even realize you woke up. You may even think you are getting a good night;s sleep, when in reality, you aren't. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents you from achieving deep sleep, resulting in:
- A constant drowsy feeling during the day
- Headaches upon waking in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- A risk of high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke
- Complications with medication or surgery
There are three categories of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat.
- Central sleep apnea (CSA) is less common. With CSA, breathing stops because the muscles involved do not receive the proper signal from the brain.
- Some people suffer from "mixed" or "complex" sleep apnea, which is a combination of obstructive and central.
How To Treat Sleep Apnea?
We carefully evaluate patients to make sure they are good candidates for oral appliance therapy. In addition to providing multiple treatment options, we also offer a custom diagnostic appliance for those with potential TMJ issues.
Why Trust A Dentist With Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Dr. Sprinkle has worked with sleep disorders since 1988, and is one of the original founding members of the Academy of Sleep Disorder Dentistry. He has decades of continuing education in biological dentistry, chronic head and neck pain, and sleep disordered breathing.
How Can I Start My Treatments?
During your sleep apnea consultation at our Arlington dental office, we will determine the type of sleep apnea you have, decide whether or not you are a good candidate for an oral appliances, and create a treament plan that will help to reduce or eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms.