Two of the most common forms of sleeping disorders that can interrupt your oral health are central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is caused by irregular breathing patterns while your sleep. Numerous causes can lead to sleep apnea, including issues with your health, your oral health, genetic predispositions, and other issues. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to heart failure, diabetes, stroke, and heart attacks.
There are numerous risk factors involved in the presence of sleep apnea. Males who are over the age of 40 are often at the highest risk of sleep apnea. In addition, if you are overweight, have a family history of sleep apnea, suffer from a nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, or are at an extremely high risk for sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop the condition. In addition, those with large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw in relation to their head size, maybe at risk as well.
Visit your dentist to determine which form of sleep apnea treatment will work best for you. Typically, oral appliances can be used to help support your jaw and allow your airway more breathing space. In addition, numerous techniques can be used to adjust your sleeping habits. CPAP devices, also known as Continuous Positive Air Pressure devices, are also highly effective at getting you the necessary while you sleep. If necessary, surgery may also be implemented.
If you suffer from a sleep apnea disorder, speak with Hill Country Dental at 830-626-1002 to see which treatment is right for you. If you are in need of a dentist in New Braunfels, Texas, you can schedule an oral examination with Dr. Lara Perry and our team at our dentist office.