Sleep Apnea


Woman covering ears while husband snoresHave you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Do you observe symptoms that are similar to those of sleep apnea? Our team at Sparkle Dental is ready to provide you with all you need to know about sleep apnea. Firstly, sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that is characterized by repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep with frequent stoppage of breathing. Central and obstructive sleep apneas are the two types of sleep apnea that are ravaging lives. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common, and it is also known as sleep apnea hereafter.

Before the sleep apnea condition can be established in patients, a number of evaluations will be performed. One of them is a sleep study, which can go a long way toward helping us make a correct diagnosis. Please note that sleep study results should be interpreted by one of our experts. Another test is the polysomnography test, which is the optimum evaluation test. However, it may not be readily available. You can visit our clinic to see experts and find out other options to consider in establishing sleep apnea.

Who is at Risk?


The majority of people who display loud and chronic snoring are at risk of sleep apnea, however, it is less likely in those who don't. Reports have shown that people that are obese are at a larger risk of sleep apnea, especially those with upper-body obesity. Features such as hypertension and excess daytime sleepiness have been found to be good indicators of sleep apnea. This life-threatening condition does not leave children behind. In fact, children with sleep apnea may show more severe symptoms than an adult would show on a normal day.

Sleep apnea happens to be widely known across the globe, and it is estimated that 4 percent of middle-aged men and 2 percent of middle-aged women meet the minimal criteria for sleep apnea syndrome. We have people with expertise in sleep disorder in our clinic, and they have been positioned to give you an accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea. Reach out to us now for more details.

Management Considerations


There are quite a number of treatments available for sleep apnea; one of them is the behavioral approach, which is the only treatment for patients with mild sleep apnea. Nasal CPAP and oral devices have been proven to be valuable therapies in the treatment of sleep apnea. However, the effectiveness of a selected treatment must be regularly verified. Once this is done successfully, patients can be re-evaluated for any recurrence of symptoms. Read about our Oral Appliance Therapy options.

A small subset of patients with severe sleep apnea can be characterized as having Pickwickian syndrome, also known as Obesity-hypoventilation Syndrome. Patients sometimes experience tiredness, fatigue, sleepiness, etc. They fall asleep at inappropriate times, which could have an extremely negative effect. Sleep apnea is indeed a serious health condition that you should not take lightly. Visit our clinic today for proper diagnosis, treatment, enlightenment, and dissemination of essential information on sleep apnea.

If you want more information on sleep apnea, feel free to contact Sparkle Dental at (617) 430-6404 any time.



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