A sleep study can tell you which type of sleep apnea you have. "Apnea" comes from Greek, meaning "without breath." Obstructive, central, and mixed apnea are the three types of apnea; obstructive apnea is the most common. Regardless of the root cause, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during the night and often for a minute or longer.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the soft tissues around the throat collapse during sleep, obstructing the airway. This includes the tongue reverting to its original position, continuing to obstruct the airway. This obstruction occurs when the jaw is underdeveloped, leaving insufficient room for the tongue. By fully developing the jaw bones and thus eliminating the obstruction, epigenetic science can make room for the tongue.
Is Sleep Apnea Rare?
According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep apnea is as common as adult diabetes. Being a man, being overweight, and being over the age of forty are all risk factors. On the other hand, sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, including children. Despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant and deadly consequences, the vast majority of sufferers remain undiagnosed and thus untreated due to a lack of public and healthcare professional awareness.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Around 80% of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) go their entire lives without being diagnosed. This lack of diagnosis means that these people suffer from snoring, pauses in breathing while sleeping, and other sleep apnea symptoms, are not being treated. A sleep test is one of the first steps in receiving a diagnosis for sleep apnea. Polysomnography, or sleep testing, can be done at home or in a sleep clinic.
Smiles of Alaska Offers Dental Sleep Medicine
Contact the Smiles of Alaska team for more information on diagnosing sleep apnea and the various treatment options. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and our phone number is 907-349-6466. Our sleep medicine-focused family dentistry practice with offices in Soldotna and Anchorage, Alaska. We are excited to help our patients live their lives to the fullest!