Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs during sleep. An individual with sleep apnea experience interrupted breathing repeatedly during sleep. Because of this, the brain and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen. Sleep apnea is often caused by a blockage of an airway, usually resulting from the soft tissues in the throat collapsing during sleep.
There are many risk factors for sleep apnea, including:
- Being male
- Being over 40 years old
- Being overweight
- Having a large neck
- Having a family history of sleep apnea
- Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
If you are suffering from mild sleep apnea, there are several things you can try at home for relief, including:
- Losing weight
- Avoiding sleeping pills and alcohol
- Changing the position in which you sleep to improve breathing
- Stopping smoking
- Avoiding sleeping on your back
If these remedies do not help, ask our dentists about oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea in Vineland, Berlin, Brigantine/Atlantic City, Hammonton, Hopewell Crossing of Pennington, Stratford, Millville, and Monroe, New Jersey. Please contact Dental Care today to learn more about sleep apnea and to schedule your next visit with our dentists. We are dedicated to providing the best care possible in a comfortable environment!