• Sleep Apnea

  • What is Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is defined as a disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted while they sleep.  Typically, sleep apnea falls into one of two categories, or at times a blend of both types. In some cases, discussing sleep apnea with our Gresham dentist can result in a healthy solution for your situation.  

    The two main categories of sleep apnea are Obstructive and Central.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is diagnosed when something such as the tongue or uvula blocks the airway.  The action of these soft tissues lying towards the back of the throat is the cause of snoring in many cases. However, when a person’s breathing is affected, the problem can become dangerous.

    Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, occurs when the brain doesn’t give the body the right signal to continue breathing while asleep.  Medical conditions and diseases are the root of CSA.

    Symptoms and signs of sleep apnea

    The issues below are common signs of sleep apnea:

    • Interrupted breathing
    • Snoring
    • Shortness of breath on waking
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Restlessness
    • Headaches
    • Dry or sore throat
    • Fatigue
    • Irritability

    Are you at risk for sleep apnea?

    Sleep apnea affects people of all ages.  Commonly, the risk of developing sleep apnea is due to:

    • Weight
    • Age
    • Mouth and facial structure
    • Medical conditions
    • Allergies
    • Genetics

    What problems associated are with sleep apnea?

    Sleep apnea can lead to more serious medical problems if not properly treated.  Some of these significant health issues are:

    • Stroke
    • Heart attack
    • High blood pressure
    • Migraines
    • Diabetes
    • Depression
    • Asphyxiation

    How can I prevent sleep apnea?

    Sometimes sleep apnea can be prevented by practicing a few simple techniques.  

    Avoid using sleeping pills, alcohol or sedatives to sleep

    Change sleeping positions; lie on your side and prop a pillow behind you to prevent rolling to your back

    Lose weight to alleviate pressure on your neck and facial features

    Treating sleep apnea

    Every one of our patients at Hood View Dental has unique needs.  If you have sleep apnea, we may be able to help with a night guard and other techniques should Obstructive Sleep Apnea be the problem.  We can work with your doctor and sleep expert to determine how best to resolve your sleep apnea diagnosis. You may be a candidate for a night guard, tongue stabilizing device, or mouth tray.

    Give our Gresham dentist office a call to set up a consultation.  We’re happy to discuss your health concerns and can talk about various options.