Sleep apnea doesn't just interrupt your sleep. It also obstructs your breathing.
Without treatment, this sleep condition can increase your risk of heart disease, depression, and other health issues.
If your snoring keeps your partner up or interrupts your rest, start sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Ryan K. Austin in South Ogden, Utah.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea refers to breathing interruptions while you are trying to get a full night's rest.
Ideally, when you sleep, your oxygen level will remain the same and your upper airway will remain unobstructed. For those with sleep apnea, the opposite occurs. That can mean trouble breathing, blocked airways, and restless nights.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs more frequently. It arises when your throat muscles slacken, physically blocking the passage of air. Since that action closes up your airway, it can impede your breathing.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, results from mistaken communication from your mind to your body. Essentially, your brain regulates breathing at uneven intervals, which can make it hard to get the oxygen you need.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Those with sleep disorders often struggle to have a restful night of sleep. If you live with sleep apnea, you may have noticed these troubling symptoms:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking up multiple times a night
- Excessive snoring
- Dry mouth at night
- High blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
Here's the good news: obstructive sleep apnea is a well-recognized condition with multiple treatment options.
You're never too young to experience sleep apnea. It even affects children! So, if you notice any signs or symptoms, visit Dr. Ryan K. Austin in South Ogden, UT.
Which Factors Can Cause Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea can be caused or exacerbated by:
- Taking sedatives
- Drinking alcohol
Which Genetic Factors Impact Sleep Apnea?
- Bigger tonsils
- An above-average-sized tongue
- Narrow palates
How Will My Doctor Diagnose Sleep Apnea?
How Can You Treat My Sleep Apnea?
There are two main treatment options used for obstructive sleep apnea.
You may have heard of the first: a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. A CPAP includes a mask to fit over your nose, as well a tube to deliver pressurized air.
If this sounds uncomfortable, you may be a candidate for an alternative option: a custom-fitted mouthguard. It will pull your jaw slightly forward, shifting the soft tissues of your throat and allowing you to sleep safely and soundly.
Why Choose Dr. Ryan K. Austin?
Dr. Austin is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His qualifications allow him to deliver the caliber of treatment you deserve and can give you the peace of mind as well.
Two Locations to Visit
Dr. Ryan K. Austin offers two convenient locations for patients: one in South Ogden, UT, and the other in Brigham City, UT.
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