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What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

added on: November 21, 2019

woman covering her ears with a pillow to block out her partners sleep apnea snoring

Sleep apnea is a debilitating sleep disorder that can cause exhaustion, headaches, and lead to long-term health complications like stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. There are two types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea (CSA) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We’ll take a closer look at obstructive sleep apnea along with sleep-apnea-treatment that we offer here at Caring Smiles that can help you feel good as new again!

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes you to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the back of your throat collapse, blocking airflow. Affecting 3 million Americans each year, obstructive sleep apnea is considered a common disorder but can have severe health consequences for the patient.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
  • Snoring
  • Migraines, especially in the morning
  • Waking up throughout the night, accompanied by choking or gagging
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Eye problems, such as glaucoma

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

There are a few causes of obstructive sleep apnea, including obesity, smoking, having narrow airways, high blood pressure, asthma, and a family history of sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

Even though obstructive sleep apnea seems like a scary sleep disorder, the good news is that it’s very treatable and can help sleep apnea sufferers enjoy a quality night’s sleep every night. At Caring Smiles, we are honored to be able to help those with sleep apnea sleep better and be healthier overall. We can create a custom sleep appliance that gently shifts your jaw in order to prevent the soft tissues in your throat from collapsing, thereby ensuring steady airflow and a great night’s sleep.

If you’re ready to start sleeping restfully and regaining your health, don’t hesitate to contact our team about sleep apnea treatment today!

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