Do you have trouble sleeping at nights? This may be because of sleep apnea, a serious and common sleeping disorder. This is due to irregular breathing and risk factors unbeknownst to you until having a doctor assess you for sleep apnea. Dr. Austin Babcock and our dental professionals want to help you solve your sleep apnea problems and get a better night’s rest today!
Obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea are the two types of sleep apnea Americans suffer from. The more common of the two is obstructive sleep apnea which occurs when there is something blocking the airway. This is typically soft tissue and it collapses while you sleep in the night. Central sleep apnea, which doesn’t block the airway, is when failed signals from the brain prevent breathing muscles to function properly.
Any age of a person can be at risk for sleep apnea, but doctors see a specific rise in stats of men and women aging over 40 years old. Others at risk for developing this disorder are those with a nasal obstruction (due to a sinus problem, deviated septum, or allergies), a family history of sleep apnea, obesity, a small jaw, or large tonsils or tongue. If left untreated, these can result in depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as the risk for heart failure, an irregular heartbeat, stroke, or heart attack.
If you want to get treatment for sleep apnea, contact Sedona Dental Arts here in Sedona, Arizona, for a consultation or appointment. Our team wants to help you get the treatment you need today, so call (928) 282-1514.