Obstructive Sleep Apnea Could Be the Issue

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that affects billions of people all over the world, and shockingly, some are not even aware.


What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Also referred to as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea causes a person to stop breathing while asleep. This can occur up to 30 times an hour and happens when the throat muscles relax blocking your airways while you sleep. According to Dr. Ben Wang for Centerport Dental in Downtown Portland, snoring is a common sign of OSA, however, not everyone who snores, suffers from the disorder.

What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

When the muscles in the back of your throat relax, your airway closes and narrows, affecting airflow. Dr. Ben explains that if breath is inadequate for 20 seconds, your oxygen levels could cause carbon dioxide buildup in your blood. Because your brain knows about your impaired breathing, it will briefly wake you up so that you can breathe again. It happens so briefly that most obstructive sleep apnea suffers don’t remember the episode.

Who is at Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Although anyone can succumb to OSA, there are certain risk factors that include:

OSA Complications

Considered a serious condition, some complications of obstructive sleep apnea could include:

What Can Be Done about Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Although some doctors may recommend surgery or a CPAP machine, there are other ways to help you sleep better at night. My dental practice in Downtown Portland can create a custom-made removable mouth appliance that will keep your airways open, and best of all, it is much more comfortable than a CPAP machine.

If you suffer from OSA, or think you do, schedule an appointment with my Downtown Portland dental practice. A custom-made removable mouth appliance could be all you need for obstructive sleep apnea.

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