If you suffer from sleep apnea, your oral health and your overall well-being will suffer. The disorder is very difficult to detect though, mainly because we are asleep when it occurs, so it can go untreated for many years. If a sleep partner or roommate has ever pointed out that you snore heavily at night, you will want to get scheduled for a dental checkup to see if you are suffering from sleep apnea. Although not everybody who snores is likely to have sleep apnea, everybody who has sleep apnea is at a higher risk for snoring.
Even though they are common, sleep apnea disorders can be serious. Some common risk factors for sleep apnea include a deviated septum, an enlarge tongue or enlarged tonsils, a recurrence of sinus and allergy problems, a small jaw, and nasal blockages. Consult with your dentist if you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea to determine which treatment methods are right for you.
There are two main forms of sleep apnea to be aware of. Central sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder caused by irregular breathing patterns linked to failed signals from your brain to your chest muscles while you sleep. Another common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which arises when your airway is blocked or impeded while you sleep. This prevents your body from receiving the correct amount of air to breathe properly. Both varieties of sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes to occur.
If you would like to be inspected for sleep apnea by our team at Woodruff Family Dental, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Tim Woodruff and our team at our dentist office. To schedule a visit with our dentist in Jonesboro, Arkansas, please call us at 870-972-8190. On behalf of our team, we hope you have a wonderful day!