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Sleep Apnea Treatment In Del Mar
If you or a loved one snore heavily while sleeping, wake up gasping or choking, or are not feeling properly rested even after 7-8+ hours of sleep, these are all signs that you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, and affects millions of Americans. At Del Mar Dental Studio, Dr. Todd Pizzi can help you get the treatment you need.
What is sleep apnea?
Understanding the basics
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues of your throat and palate sag into your airway, blocking proper respiration and breathing. For most people, these interruptions in breathing occur for between 2-10 seconds at a time, but they can be even longer.
This may happen hundreds or even thousands of times per night, interfering with proper blood oxygenation and respiration. In the short term, this may cause issues like poor-quality sleep, daytime sleepiness, and feelings of lethargy. In the long term, these regular interruptions to proper breathing can increase your risk of a heart attack and stroke.
what to look for
The top warning signs of sleep apnea
Prolonged, heavy snoring accompanied by interruptions in breathing is the top warning sign of apnea, particularly when accompanied by choking or snorting noises. You may also wake in the middle of the night and feel like you are choking, or can’t breathe.
Your throat may also feel dry or “scratchy” upon waking, and you may notice other symptoms like morning headaches, restless sleep, forgetfulness, and mood swings. You may also have a decreased libido. If you notice one or more of the above symptoms, you may have sleep apnea, and you will need to get help from a sleep specialist.
what causes sleep apnea
The most common contributing factors
The largest contributing factor to sleep apnea is obesity. Obesity is associated with excess tissue in the throat, which can contribute to airway collapse and OSA. Large tonsils can also contribute to OSA, and consuming certain medications like sleeping pills or drinking alcohol before bed can contribute to sleep apnea.
Some genetic factors can also contribute to sleep apnea, such as a thick neck, a narrow airway and palate, or a major overbite. Other contributing factors include frequent nasal congestion, and smoking tobacco.