Dr. Kenn Kakosian DDS of DentAlign NYC is Here to Help
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that occurs in one of three forms: central, complex, or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Complex sleep apnea is a combination of the central and obstructive conditions. These conditions interrupt breathing during sleep. Those who suffer from sleep apnea can wake up hundreds of times per night. Each time breathing is interrupted, the brain is depleted of oxygen. Sleep apnea sufferers rarely feel rested and experience excessive grogginess during the day. These are not the only dangers of untreated sleep apnea, however. While sleep apnea is not a disease itself, it does increase your risk of contracting other diseases. If you suffer from sleep apnea, don’t fret. Dr. Kenn Kakosian is here to help. You deserve to sleep through the night and feel well-rested every day. Reclaim your life and consider our sleep apnea treatment options.
Get to Know Your Sleep Apnea
There are two primary forms of sleep apnea. Central and obstructive sleep apnea affect your body, sleep, and symptoms in different ways. Complex sleep apnea manifests as a combination of the two. It is important to identify the type of sleep apnea you suffer from so that you can receive proper care from our expert team. Explore the difference between the two conditions below:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea. An estimated one out of every seven people in the U.S. suffer from some form of OSA. This condition is caused by the muscles around the throat and airway relaxing, collapsing the airway. When this occurs, the tongue can fall back and obstruct the airway. The person will jerk awake with a gasp or snort because the brain is no longer receiving the oxygen it needs to signal the muscles to open the airway. Those who suffer from OSA often do not remember waking up when these episodes occur.
Central Sleep Apnea
This variety of sleep apnea is the most uncommon and is caused by the brain failing to signal the muscles to breathe properly. With central sleep apnea, snoring is rarely a symptom.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms to Watch For
If you have trouble feeling rested or you suffer from extreme grogginess, you may have undiagnosed sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be extremely dangerous when left untreated. It is important to schedule an appointment with us if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:
- Loud or frequent snoring
- Frequent waking from sleep, with or without chest pain
- Extreme daytime sleepiness or grogginess
- Chronic exhaustion, even after a full night’s sleep
- Uneven breathing
- Frequent gasps or snorts
- Dry mouth or sore throat after waking
- Depression, anxiety, or other mood issues
- Weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating
The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea
When left untreated, sleep apnea can have devastating prolonged effects. Not only can sleep apnea affect your health and wellness, but it can also have adverse effects on the longevity of your relationships. Take the first step toward healthier living and visit our office before your sleep apnea wreaks irreversible havoc on your health. The dangers of sleep apnea include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Diabetes and weight gain
- Brain damage
- Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure (hypertension), irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), decreased blood flow to the heart (myocardial ischemia), high blood pressure in lungs (pulmonary arterial hypertension), heart failure, and stroke
- Cognitive impairments, including ADHD and dementia
- Higher risk of death or injury resulting from impaired driving
Our Expert, Affordable Sleep Apnea Treatment
Thankfully, sleep apnea can be treated by our NYC dental specialists. We offer comprehensive treatment ranging from lifestyle changes to therapy and breathing assistance devices like the CPAP (continuous positive airflow pressure) machine. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, sleeping on your side in an elevated bed, and avoiding drugs, alcohol, and sleeping pills can serve as the first step in your sleep apnea treatment. The next step is considering oral appliance therapy. These devices can include inserts similar to nightly mouth guards that keep the airway continuously open while fitting comfortably in your mouth. If you require more intense care, you can try a CPAP machine, which supplies a steady flow of air, keeping your airway open using a mask. If you are suffering from a severe case of sleep apnea, upper airway surgery is also an option.
Schedule an Appointment Today and Commit to Better Sleep
Don’t delay. You deserve to sleep well and feel great. With our expert care accessible in NYC, there is no reason to suffer through your sleep apnea any longer. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!