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Have you been suffering from restless nights lately? You may have developed a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, a condition that leads to loud snoring and can leave you feeling exhausted even after what you thought was a full night’s rest. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, get in touch with Little Rock Family Dental Care today; depending on the underlying cause and severity of the disorder, we can help you find a way to breathe easier during the night.
Sleep apnea is characterized by sudden, repeated stops and starts in your breathing pattern. Occasionally, this is due to an issue with the way your brain sends signals to the rest of your body, but most of the time, apnea attacks occur because the airway has been physically blocked in some way. The most common cause involves the soft muscles and tissues in your mouth and throat relaxing and collapsing together at night. Risk factors for sleep apnea include obesity, age, being male, and the thickness of your neck and airway.
Not all cases of sleep apnea are the same, and it takes an expert’s eye to find the underlying cause of the issue so that an appropriate treatment can be chosen. Sometimes, changing your sleeping position or losing weight might help, but many need professional intervention as well. For example, many sleep apnea patients benefit from wearing a special oral appliance that opens the airway by repositioning the jaw, which our team can provide here at Little Rock Family Dental Care.