Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, negatively impacting daily life and general health. Many may not even be aware they are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea and don’t know how easily it can be treated. Dennis T. Nagata, DDS provides custom sleep apnea solutions, helping you get back to sleep and improving health. For all your sleep apnea needs, call our downtown Honolulu practice and read below to learn more about this condition.
Do I Have sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping condition in which airflow is cut off for a range of time, even over a minute. This results in restless and inefficient sleep throughout the night. There are three kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. With each of these types, individuals exhibit the following symptoms:
• Chronic Fatigue
• Poor brain performance
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked by the tongue and soft tissues of the throat. Patients with central sleep apnea stop breathing because the brain fails to trigger the associated muscles. With complex sleep apnea, patient experience a mix of the two other types, resulting in the need for a more specialized solution. Our Honolulu dentist is trained in treating sleep apnea, and works with a local sleep lab to obtain a precise diagnosis.
Individuals suffering from sleep apnea experience a range of long-term health effects, as the condition increases the risk factors for heart attack, diabetes, and strokes. Men, women, children, and babies are susceptible to sleep apnea. Men and women who are overweight, or women post-menopause, are more prone to experiencing sleep apnea. It’s important for individuals of all ages and health conditions to have their sleeping habits reviewed if they notice issues sleeping or have the above symptoms.
What are my Treatment Options?
Treatment is tailored to the causes of your sleep apnea condition. For conditions due to obstruction, oral appliances, which are similar to mouth guards, are best. They keep soft oral tissues from blocking airways, and do so in the least invasive way. With severe cases, patients may require surgery to remove excess tissue, allowing free movement of air to the lungs.
A CPAP machine, or continuous positive airway pressure machine, is used for a range of sleep apnea cases. Using a face mask and small air pump, the device helps patients breathe at night by gently pushing air through your airway, preventing apneas from happening.
Call Dennis T. Nagata, today, and receive crucial sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment.