Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley of Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown work with patients in the Georgetown, TX, area who have concerns about their oral health and wellness. They also assist with the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that can cause periods of awakening due to a blockage in the airway. Continue reading to better understand obstructive sleep apnea and the symptoms associated with it.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with OSA may snore loudly and wake up frequently throughout the night, gasping for air.
OSA can be serious because it can lead to other health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can even increase your risk of car accidents if you fall asleep at the wheel.
Is snoring a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea?
Yes, snoring may be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea, but it does not always mean you have it. Other symptoms that may be noticed in patients with obstructive sleep apnea include fatigue, daytime sleepiness, memory and concentration problems, and an increase in anxiety or depression if already present. Many patients who have obstructive sleep apnea may find themselves tired during the day but unsure way, as many believe they are getting a full night’s rest. However, the blockage that occurs in OSA can keep patients from reaching the deeper levels of sleep needed to feel well-rested the following day.
What can cause a blockage in the airways during obstructive sleep apnea?
OSA is caused by a physical blocking of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses while you sleep. This can repeatedly happen throughout the night, preventing you from getting a good night’s rest. The blockage may also be caused by excess fat in the neck area or due to your tongue falling to the back of your throat.
How do I learn more about obstructive sleep apnea?
Our team at Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown in Georgetown, TX work routinely with patients to help them in getting the care they need, even if it is more than just cleanings and fillings. We work routinely with patients who have obstructive sleep apnea and can provide solutions to treat it, including oral appliances. Call 512-819-9100 to request an appointment at our practice. Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley believe in providing the best possible care to both new and returning patients of their practice.