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
I snore, do I have sleep apnea?
However, if you are concerned you might be suffering from sleep apnea, schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. You may be advised to take a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea as a cause for your snoring.