Did you know there are two main types of sleep apnea? Yes, it’s true! Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes your air flow to be disrupted while you sleep. This condition is serious and can lead to many oral health problems. That is why, our doctors, Dr. Chase Bennett and Dr. James Bieneman with Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado in Arvada, Colorado, are happy to help you treat sleep apnea, so you can keep breathing correctly and enjoy a full night’s rest.
Here are the two main types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea is a widespread form of sleep apnea. In a nutshell, it restricts the airflow while you sleep because of the soft tissues at the back of your throat collapse. In many cases, obesity can be the cause of this condition.
Central sleep apnea:
Central sleep apnea occurs when there is a problem with your brain physically sending the correct signals to breathe correctly as you sleep. This condition is less common. While the physical airway is not blocked, the brain fails to send the right messages which often happens with other medical issues are beginning such as brain tumors, brain infections, heart failure, and stroke.
Without proper airflow to your body, while you sleep, you are putting your body at risk for other dangerous conditions like stroke, heart attack, diabetes, depression, heart failure and high blood pressure. While you sleep, your body is working hard at keeping your body healthy and functioning correctly, which needs proper airflow to succeed. That is why this condition is essential to treat.
As you can see, sleep apnea is a serious concern and should be treated right away. To help you learn more about sleep apnea, or if you would like to seek help overcoming it, please call us today at 303.421.2696 to make an appointment. Our dental team is always happy to assist you.