Sleep apnea could be the culprit behind your constant feelings of fatigue. Since the sleep disorder may be hard to detect, as it occurs during sleep, some patients don’t seek treatment for many years. If you are notified by a partner or roommate that you have a habit of snoring, we encourage you to schedule a dental checkup to be screened for sleep apnea. Though not all snorers suffer from sleep apnea, patients who struggle with sleep apnea are more likely to develop a habit of snoring.
Sleep apnea can affect the quality and duration of your sleep, so if you frequently feel tired, you should speak with our dentist about sleep apnea treatment.
There are two main types of sleep apnea–obstructive and central. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, which results from blockages in your airflow during sleep. The airway can become impeded by many factors, such as age, weight, or genetics, and the most common victims are males over the age of 40. Central sleep apnea disorders occur when the brain sends signals instructing your chest muscles to breathe, but the signals don’t arrive. Any type of sleep apnea can be hazardous if not treated properly.
Some of the unfortunate risk factors for sleep apnea are a small jaw, your sleep position, a deviated septum, or oversized tonsils or tongue. Untreated sleep apnea increased your risk of dangerous health conditions such as stroke, heart attack, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
If you would like to schedule an exam for sleep apnea in Westlake Village, California, please call Finesse Dental Care at (805) 742-4749 and speak with our dentist, Dr. Steven Hever about your options for sleep apnea treatment.