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Sleep Apnea


White man with sleep apnea snoring while trying to sleep in bedSleep apnea is a severe condition in which a patient's breathing is disturbed while sleeping. Untreated sleep apnea causes clients to stop breathing frequently during the night, often hundreds of times. If not treated, sleep apnea can result in numerous health problems like hypertension, migraine, cardiomyopathy, cardiac arrest, hyperglycemia, and respiratory problems. Untreated sleep apnea can also cause employment deterioration, job-related accidents, car accidents, as well as academic underachievement in kids and young adults.

Our team uses sleep assessments to identify sleep apnea. In 120 minutes, they record the number of bouts of delayed or halted breathing and the number of sleep apnea events identified. They also check to see if the oxygen percentage in the blood drops during these episodes. Thus, it can happen if the upper airway becomes frequently obstructed during sleep, decreasing or halting air flow. If you are a candidate for sleep apnea, our expert team at Hidden Springs Family Dentistry is more than willing to assist you in restoring your sleep cycle.

Types of Sleep Apnea


Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type, is caused by a tracheal blockade, which occurs most commonly when the oral and esophageal tissues in the back of the throat contract during sleep. More than half of patients with obstructive sleep apnea are obese. A 25% weight gain increases your chance of sleep apnea seven times; however, the impact diminishes beyond 80. The circumference of your neck is another indicator of being overweight. Men with neck circumferences more significant than 30 inches (70 centimeters) and women with circumferences more effective than 22 inches (50 centimeters) are at a considerably increased risk of developing sleep apnea.

Patients with central sleep apnea frequently describe frequent awakenings or sleeplessness, but they may also wake up with a suffocating or wheezing feeling.

Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea


•  Improved Sleep - Sleep apnea causes clients to stop breathing up to 98 times every 60 minutes, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
•  Reduced Anxiety Risk
•  Lowering the risk of death
•  Having more focus and energy by being able to sleep better

Our team believes that good management therapy can help you lose weight while improving your sleep and general well-being. In obese patients with severe sleep apnea, it can also lead to considerable weight reduction in the first 90 days of treatment through increasing sleep quality.

Who is a Candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?


Patients who have moderate apnea (disrupted breathing) or hypopnea (reduced breathing) are typical candidates for sleep apnea. Because patients with sleep apnea usually have a reduced apnea-hypopnea ratio, the disease can be managed with a ventilator device to supply enough oxygen to the tissues, such as a CPAP machine.

During your visit with us, the patient's sleep habits and symptoms, as well as therapeutic history will be reviewed to see if sleep apnea management is a good fit. At Hidden Springs Family Dentistry we can review sleep apnea treatment plans with you to see which will best help your situation. Please call us at (971) 414-3994 for additional information.
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