Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

While several different types of sleep apnea exist, the most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When a patient with this disorder sleeps, their throat relaxes, and their tongue and soft oral tissue obstruct the airway. This gap in breath is what causes obstructive sleep apnea.

There are a variety of factors that contribute to OSA including weight, age, sex, sleeping position, tongue size, and family history. While not everyone will experience the same symptoms, it’s important to understand the warning signs.


Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea patients report is snoring. Others symptoms include daytime fatigue, memory impairment, morning headaches, heartburn, depression, and irritability.

Some symptoms may be more severe than others. That said, they all serve as warning signs that you may need to take a sleep test. It’s simple, easy, and helps pinpoint the cause of your sleeping disorder. There used to be very few options for treating sleep apnea, but now it’s easier than ever before to find your ideal treatment option.

Treating Sleep Apnea

At Middle Tennessee Dental Sleep Specialists, Dr. Kellye Rice uses a variety of sleep apnea treatments to solve the underlying issues causing your sleeping disorder including customized oral appliances and innovative NightLase® therapy.

Having suffered from sleep apnea herself, Dr. Rice understands the importance of individualized care designed around the needs of the patient. Schedule a visit to our Brentwood office today. We are delighted to answer any questions you have about CPAP alternatives and will work with you to find the treatment option that’s right for you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Practice Update Regarding COVID-19

To combat the spread of COVID-19, our office will only be offering virtual consultations to help evaluate the condition of your sleep apnea and discuss treatment options.


Please submit your information here for a call back from our team. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 615-373-4488 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to providing you with the highest quality care once we are able to return to our normal hours.


Thank you!


Kellye N. Rice

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