Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that needs to be treated as quickly as possible. Sleep apnea is when your breathing is consistently stopped during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of two varieties of sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea, the brain stops signaling the body to breathe; in OSA, something is physically obstructing the airflow. OSA is the much more common of the two. Untreated sleep apnea can set you up for serious health problems such as depression, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke or even heart failure.
A number of things contribute to OSA, including both genetic and environmental factors. Individuals at higher risk for developing OSA are those who:
-Are over 40 years old
-Have large tonsils or tongue
-Have a family history of sleep apnea
-Have a deviated septum
-Have allergies or sinus problems
Treatment options may include Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) therapy treatments, oral appliance therapy or potentially surgery. Consult with your doctor to determine if you have sleep apnea. Your doctor will help you construct a personalized treatment plan.
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea and you are in the Cottage Grove, Oregon, area, call Cottage Grove Dental at 541-942-7934 to schedule an appointment! Dr. Brent Bitner and our team are happy to help!