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What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. There are two common types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the muscles that control breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked, preventing air from flowing into or out of the lungs.
Treatments For Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can have serious health consequences, including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Treatment for sleep apnea may include lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and avoiding the inhalation of tobacco products. In our Kinston, NC office, we also recommend various treatment options for sleep apnea. These include the following:
A mandibular advancement device (MAD) is a mouthpiece that holds the lower jaw slightly forward during sleep. This prevents the tongue from blocking the airway and allows for normal breathing.
It is possible that based upon our assessment we may recommend treatment before placing you under anesthesia; if we find that you have bone loss, gum disease, or unhealthy teeth within your dental arch, these problems will need to be addressed first. Going into surgery with a healthy mouth will maximize your chances of a great outcome!
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. A CPAP machine delivers a steady stream of air through a mask that you wear during sleep. The air pressure keeps your airway open and allows you to breathe normally.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
There are a number of symptoms that can be associated with sleep apnea. These include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, waking up feeling short of breath, and waking up with a headache or dry mouth. Some people with sleep apnea may also experience daytime fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. If you think you may have sleep apnea, it is important to visit a sleep lab for a proper diagnosis. The most common symptoms include the following:
The Cost of Dental Implants
Just as the process may be different for each patient, the cost may be different as well. This is due to the variety of factors that can influence the surgery or needs of the particular patient; such as the number of teeth missing, the need for preliminary treatment, or the types of implants chosen. In order to determine your cost for getting an implant, visit us for your free consultation!
Is Treatment Right For You?
If you believe that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, it is essential that you seek a definitive diagnosis and treatment right away. One common method of diagnosing sleep problems is through a sleep study, which can be done in a sleep lab. Sleep studies measure factors like brain activity, heart rate, and breathing during sleep. They can help doctors diagnose sleep apnea and get you on the path to proper recovery!
Learn More About Dental Implants
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