Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects the regular breathing pattern while the patient is asleep. Patients dealing with untreated sleep apnea may suddenly stop breathing during sleep and experience loss of breath. Such interruptions during sleep may temporarily minimize the supply of oxygen to the brain.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
The symptoms of sleep apnea may not be evident at first, making it difficult to determine. But, below are a few common symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Difficulty to breathe during sleep
- Waking up with a headache
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Inability to stay focused and attentive
- Pauses while breathing
Causes of Sleep Apnea
The reason behind sleep apnea is many, and a single factor would never contribute to its origin. Generally, sleep apnea occurs when the muscles of the airway collapse, obstructing the flow of oxygen into the body. Another reason may be the inability of the brain to transmit signals to the breathing muscles.
Detecting Sleep Apnea
While many patients may not be aware of their condition, dentistry has made it possible to help patients with symptoms of the condition detect sleep apnea without the need for a consultation.
MATRx Plus™ is the world's number one medical appliance, approved by the FDA that has been helping patients understand if they are a suitable candidate for sleep appliance therapy.
MATRx Plus™ is unique from any other sleep lab study as it allows patients to perform their sleep apnea tests at the comfort of their homes. The device has been designed in such a way that it helps easy diagnosis of apnea while the patient is asleep. The reports can then be sent to any nearby sleep clinic, and the sleep specialist would formulate your diagnosis and propose a treatment plan.
Contact our Concord Dentist at Smile Makers Dental Care by calling 925 685 9339 if you believe you are maybe noticing symptoms of Obstructive sleep apnea.