What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder where a person’s breathing repeatedly starts and stops during their sleep. Some symptoms include: loud snoring, waking up tired from a seemingly full nights sleep, waking up during the night with shortness of breath, insomnia and daytime sleepiness. There are three types of sleep apnea that could cause these problems. The first is the most common type, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In Obstructive Sleep Apnea the person’s airways are too relaxed and do not stay open consistently throughout the night. The next type is Central Sleep Apnea, which occurs when the brain does not send the proper signals to your throat muscles, causing them to close and stopping the passage of air. The last type of sleep apnea is complex sleep apnea, which is a combination of Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be helped with the use of a breathing machine or, now, and dental sleep device. Dental Sleep devices are smaller and more comfortable and can help get your sleeping back to where it needs to be.