Sleep apnea is one of the most important diseases caused by snoring and can be expressed as stopping of breathing during sleep. As long as it is left untreated, it can cause bigger problems. Patients in Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern India choose Kings Dental Clinic which has the highest rate of success in dental problems with no hesitation because the latest technology and the best quality is the correct address for solving dental problems.
What is sleep apnea?
Inability to breathe for at least 10 seconds as a result of obstruction of the tongue root or soft palate or excessively enlarged tonsils is called sleep apnea. Although the effort of breathing continues during sleep apnea, this increasing effort stimulates the brain after a while and the airway opens. The snoring person continues to breathe and snore again with a loud grunt until his breathing stops. It is known that when necessary precautions are not taken, sleep apnea causes carelessness and increases the risk of traffic accidents 7-8 times, and causes work accidents. Although the incidence of sleep apnea is 1-4%, considering that diabetes is 3% and the frequency of asthma is about 5%, it can be better understood how important a problem is.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most important symptom of sleep apnea is the stop of breathing during sleep. Other sleep apnea symptoms can be listed as follows:
In addition to these symptoms: Headache, amnesia, impaired concentration, depression, inability to wake up vigorously in the morning, excessive sleepiness, and tiredness are among the symptoms of sleep apnea that can be observed during the day.
If you are experiencing one or more than one symptoms, you should not hesitate to consult Kings Dental Clinic in Cincinnati to be sure if these symptoms signs to sleep apnea.
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is caused when the muscles in the throat loose to cover the area where the air will pass. Strictures in the upper respiratory tract can cause the respiratory tract to wear out from childhood, which can cause sleep apnea syndrome. Being overweight, having large tonsils and nasal flesh can also be among the causes of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be seen not only in adults but also in children.
Snoring occurs 3-4 times more, very rough and noisy in a person with sleep apnea syndrome. In addition to snoring, shortness of breath, frequent sighing, struggling to wake up with hand and arm movements, frequent and prolonged breathing pauses, and waking up tired in the morning are also seen in people with sleep apnea syndrome. Although it is not considered the exact cause of sleep apnea, 30-50% of patients with sleep apnea syndrome have hypertension.
What problems can sleep apnea cause?
It causes sudden deaths during sleep due to breathing pauses, heartbeat irregularity, and rhythm disturbance in advanced ages. However, it causes frequent urination at night, excessive sweating at night, waking up tired and sleepy in the morning, reluctance during the day, distress and tension. Daytime sleepiness causes traffic accidents.
How is sleep apnea treatment done?
If obesity is in question, the first thing to do in sleep apnea treatment is to overcome this situation. If there are significant anatomical stenoses in the upper respiratory tract, the patient should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist in terms of surgical intervention. Celon method, also known as bipolar radiofrequency, thermotherapy method, and surgical treatment with plasma methods are some of them.
The success of surgical treatment for snoring and sleep apnea depends on the determination of the suitable patient for surgery and the devices used in the surgery. The devices used in surgery mustn’t cause too much damage to the tissue and the patient’s pain is less in the postoperative period.
Besides, sleep apnea devices are also used in treatment. In Cincinnati, Kings Dental offers the latest quality of these devices with meticulous treatment process.
In the treatment of severe sleep apnea, positive air pressure (CPAP) therapy should be applied. The patient should be monitored by making automatic adjustments according to the treatment effect and the patient’s preference, or by switching to a constant pressure device.
In cases with difficulty in using a CPAP device, also known as a sleep apnea machine, or in mild cases, the lower jaw can be brought forward with an intraoral appliance to prevent the tongue from falling back and blocking the upper respiratory tract. The specific treatment of sleep apnea is provided by the use of devices that deliver compressed air to keep the airway open at all times.
How should I know if I have sleep apnea?
The symptoms of sleep apnea are difficult to notice by the patient. Accurate information should be provided by his spouse, parents, children, or relatives who know the patient’s sleep state. It is very important to answer 3 important questions in order to talk about the presence of sleep apnea. Snoring, stopping breathing during sleep, and increased daytime sleepiness? If you answer “yes” to these 3 questions, it will mean that you are facing sleep apnea. For this, a specialist doctor should be consulted as soon as possible. You can visit Kings Dental Clinic in Cincinnati and have an appointment with our surgeons to solve your sleep apnea problems immediately.
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