Sleep apnea can occur in many shapes and sizes, and there certainly isn’t a uniform experience that each and every person who suffers from sleep apnea can relate to. Some people can even go their entire lives without knowing a.) that they snore, or b.) that they have sleep apnea to begin with.
By and large, it usually takes sleeping beside a partner for you to know if you have a problem with your breathing while you sleep because it will disrupt your partner’s sleep. They will definitely let you know when this happens. Maybe they won’t on the first and second night, but, trust us, a few sleepless nights and you will definitely be made aware that your sleep is affecting the sleep of other people around you.
At Bedford Dental Group we have the expertise and the cutting-edge technology that we incorporate into our treatments that will have your partner sleeping sound again. We can treat your condition, no matter which type of sleep apnea you have.
Oh, wait? Maybe you didn’t know that there are multiple types of sleep apnea. Well, if you didn’t know that, then we don’t mind giving you a quick overview of the different forms of sleep apnea. If you’re having trouble with your sleep patterns due to irregular breathing, the important first step is recognizing which type of sleep apnea you are experiencing.
There are basically three different types known to date:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea — which is the most common to occur in individuals. This form of sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles relax, causing you to snore loudly and affecting your REM sleep, which makes you feel like you never get that “good night of sleep”.
- Central Sleep Apnea — is a form of sleep apnea that occurs when your brain doesn’t send the proper signal to your body’s muscles that control your breathing.
- Complex Sleep Apnea — (also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea) is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Now, we know that there is no type of desirable sleep apnea to have. But central sleep apnea tends to scare people a little bit more than obstructive sleep apnea, because it lends itself to the idea that your brain isn’t functioning correctly, which is scary.
But, generally, more conservative treatments for obstructive sleep apnea will likely benefit central sleep apnea. Losing weight, cutting down alcohol, and sleeping on a more regular schedule can all help reduce symptoms of central sleep apnea. There are also state of the art devices such as the CPAP machine, as well as CPAP alternatives, such as positional therapy, surgery, or dental (oral) appliances.
Contact Bedford Dental Group if you’d like to know more about sleep apnea, or if you believe that you could benefit from one of our sleep apnea treatments. Call or visit our offices for sleep apnea treatment in Beverly Hills, CA today.