There are three types of sleep apnea: Central, obstructive, and complex, a combination of the two. Central sleep apnea is caused by your brain’s failure to send signals to your breathing muscles. This is a serious condition that requires medical intervention such as CPAP machines. Obstructive sleep apnea, on the other hand, has numerous causes and can often be effectively treated through dental devices.
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat over relax, blocking airflow, and resulting in periods of breath cessation when lying down. Risk factors for this condition include:
- Smoking and alcohol use
- Prescription sleeping pills, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, and sedatives
- Being male
- Being over the age of 60
- A family history of the disorder
- Genetic factors such as neck circumference
If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, one of our experienced New Jersey sleep apnea dentists can assess your condition and help you determine if a simple dental device could restore a restful night’s sleep.
If you live in or around Butler, Wayne, Kinnelon, or West Milford, New Jersey and are suffering from sleep apnea, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced dentists today.