Often when people snore, it is usually subtle and rarely causes any problems. However, if you frequently snore loudly and wake up tired, you could be suffering from sleep apnea despite a full night’s sleep.
Chronic sleep apnea can lead to other health complications such as depression, heart disease, and drowsiness.
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous and life-threatening sleeping disorder that occurs when breathing starts and stops when you are sleeping. The three types of sleep apnea include:
When we are asleep, there is rhythmic airflow from the mouth and nose and into the lungs. However, due to certain factors, the throat muscles can relax, causing the airways to narrow. This will affect the flow of oxygen.
When the oxygen levels fall below the recommended amount, the brain will force you to awaken to reopen the airways. This phenomenon occurs in a split of a second, and you may not remember it. However, it affects your quality of sleep because often time you wake up tired.
Also, with sleep apnea, instead of nasal breathing, most people breathe through the mouth, which worsens the situation. This is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Similar to the Obstructive Sleep Apnea, CSA also causes an involuntary interruption in your breathing. However, this problem occurs when the brain fails to send proper signals to your muscles that control breathing.
CSA is a less common type, and at times it occurs as a result of other conditions such as stroke or heart failure.
This is the combination of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea.
Overweight and obesity are common causes of OSA in adults. Sleep apnea is usually caused by enlarged adenoids and tonsils or dental conditions such as overbites in children.
Other risk factors include:
Several treatments are available that can ease sleep apnea symptoms or get rid of the disorder altogether. These treatments are designed to help with airway management and relieve the obstruction.
Since excess weight and obesity are the primary causes, losing weight and lifestyle changes is the primary treatment option. If these measures are insufficient, then the dentist may recommend other treatment options such as:
Some of the sleep apnea therapies that can be used include:
Sometimes using home remedies can help relieve mild sleep apnea. Remedies like yoga, exercise, and a sleeping position change can improve respiratory strength and oxygen flow.
You can also use a humidifier that adds moisture to the air to prevent respiratory irritation.
Stop drinking alcohol to reduce the complications of sleep apnea. Consumption of alcohol causes your breathing muscles to relax. This explains why people snore after taking too much alcohol.
The doctor may recommend surgery if all these measures fail to relieve the sleep apnea symptoms. Some surgery types include:
Sleep apnea causes health complications like:
If you often snore and wake up with fatigue, it is time to seek sleep apnea treatment. Visit Laguna Family Dentistry for an assessment to determine which sleep apnea you have. We will; also discuss the different treatment options and which is ideal for you.