Dental Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can cause fatigue, and lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and other serious health problems.

Types of Sleep Apnea

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. OSA occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. In some cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Loud snorers often experience OSA.
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs because the muscles that control breathing don't receive the proper signals from the brain.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Insomnia
  • Loud snoring
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Sleeping / drowsiness during the day
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Frequent nighttime urination
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Gasping or choking while sleeping
  • GERD/Acid Reflux

Risk Factors

Anyone can experience sleep apnea, even children, but the risk factors associated with this disorder include:

  • Obesity
  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Heart problems
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Gender – Sleep apnea is more common in males.
  • Age – The risk of sleep apnea is significantly higher with adults over 40.
  • Recessed chin
  • Small jaw or a large overbite
  • Having a small upper airway

Treatment

Our office provides comprehensive Dental Sleep Medicine for patients who suffer from sleep apnea.

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Michael Pantos, D.M.D., P.A.

  • Ellicott City Office - 10282 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042 Phone: 410-480-0426
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