Sleep apnea occurs when a person has irregular breathing patterns during sleep, including the cessation of breathing several times during the night.
Types of Sleep Apnea
The three types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea.
- OSA can occur when someone's airway is blocked, inhibiting them from the ability to breathe. For example, people with enlarged tonsils, tongues, or uvulas can have difficulty breathing because these tissues are blocking their airways.
- Central sleep apnea occurs because a person’s brain signals interrupt respiratory function while asleep.
- Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of OSA and central.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Dry mouth
- Brain fog
- Jaw pain
- Chronic lethargy
Dental sleep medicine is an area of practice that focuses on sleep-disordered breathing, and it typically emphasizes using oral appliances to correct the condition or alleviate the symptoms. Dr. Aiello provides oral appliances to reposition the jaws and open the airways so patients can get more restful sleep and breathe with ease.
Contact Your Clinton Township, MI Dentist
Are you ready to finally get the restful sleep you need? If you suffer from sleep apnea in Clinton Township, Dr. Michael J. Aiello can help relieve your sleep apnea symptoms so you can get the sleep you need to remain healthy and happy.
To schedule an appointment or ask any questions, please feel free to contact our dental office today.
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