Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your breathing stops and restarts during the night. It can lead to other health issues, some of them life-threatening. At SLEEPwell in Longview TX, it is a treatable condition.
There are three types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type, and consists of the throat muscles relaxing during sleep, which cuts off air supply.
- Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to control breathing.
- Complex sleep apnea is a combination of the two previously listed.
The most common treatment is a device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, which delivers a steady flow of air to the sleeper. But the air flow is delivered through a special mask, which some people find uncomfortable.
An alternative treatment is an oral device, which is not as cumbersome as CPAP. It looks like a mouthguard, and, when worn, repositions the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open.
To find out more about sleep apnea treatment, please call us at SLEEPwell in Longview TX. Patients in Gladewater, Hallsville, and New Diana have found relief. We also offer complete general dentistry. Contact us today!