Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing stops or pauses during sleep. The most common type of this disorder is called obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax, causing a narrowing of the airway and inability to breathe in enough oxygen. The brain briefly wakes the body, which allows the airway to reopen. This can occur between 5 and 30 times each hour, and often the person suffering from the disorder is unaware they are awake so many times during the night. A variety of factors increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea including obesity, family history, use of alcohol or tobacco, age, and nasal congestion.
It is important to receive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in order to avoid complications. Can this condition be treated? Yes, there are many effective treatments for snoring. A widely accepted treatment for sleep apnea is oral appliance therapy. An oral device custom fit by your dentist is designed to keep your airway open and help prevent apneas. This treatment does not involve medication or surgery and helps many patients enjoy sleeping safely for a healthier life.
If you feel you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, schedule a complimentary consultation appointment with our office to discuss your treatment options. Dr. Cuellar have been trained in the latest technology and have the experience to ensure the best treatment for sleep apnea to all of their patients.