Sleep Apnea An Overview
Dr. Datta Malyavantham and the team of dental professionals at Ridgetop Dental take a comprehensive approach to your oral health care. During your visits with us we take the time to understand the condition of not only your teeth and gums, but to discuss your overall health and any concerns that may be impacted by your dental health.
Although most patients do not think of the dentist when it comes to overall health concerns, there are many medical conditions affected by the health and function of the occlusal system, including sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Characterized by frequent loud snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, caused by collapsing soft tissue at the back of throat that blocks the airway. This blockage repeatedly stops the flow of oxygen to the brain and major organs, affecting your overall health and raising the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day
- Persistent dry mouth in the morning
- Snoring or gasping for air during sleep
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restless sleep, sudden waking
If you or a family member snore or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, discuss them at your next visit. Your dentist can work with you to determine if you have a sleep disorder and improve your quality of life with effective treatment.