Sleep apnea may be the reason you are always tired. Because the disorder is so difficult to detect, mainly because we are asleep when it occurs, it can go untreated for many years. If a sleep partner or roommate has ever pointed out that you snore heavily at night, you will want to get schedule a dental checkup to see if you have sleep apnea. Although not everybody who snores is likely to have sleep apnea, everybody who has sleep apnea is more likely to snore.
The two main forms of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form caused by blockages in airflow when we sleep. Our airways can easily become blocked as we sleep by a variety of factors. Your age, weight, and genetics could all play a role in airway blockage. Males over the age of 40 are more at risk for sleep apnea blockages. With central sleep apnea disorders, the signals from your brain do not reach their target to your muscles in your chest instructing them to breathe. Both forms of sleep apnea can be dangerous if left untreated.
Some common risks for sleep apnea include oversized tonsils or tongue, a small jaw, a deviated septum, and the position in which you sleep. If sleep apnea is untreated, you are at a greater risk for serious health risks including high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks.
To schedule an oral exam for sleep apnea at Dental Arts of Frederick, simply book an appointment at our prosthodontist office in Frederick, Maryland, with Dr. Kevin Oakes and the rest of our team. We can be reached at 301-663-5552. Visit us today, and enjoy the season with a smile!