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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder caused by irregular breathing patterns while asleep. Those most at risk for sleep apnea are individuals over 40, people with large tonsils or tongues, and people who snore.  Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, strokes, heart failure, diabetes, depression, an irregular heartbeat, and even heart attacks. Listed below are treatment methods for sleep apnea:

– Your sleeping habits could be a contributing factor to your sleep apnea. The position in which you sleep and how much you toss and turn at nights could affect, cause, or contribute to the sleep disorder.

– If you have sleep apnea, there are devices that can open your airway, including a CPAP, also called a continuous positive air pressure device, which can open airways through your nasal passages.

– There are oral health care appliances for sleep apnea that can keep your airway open as you sleep.

– There are surgical options which can be used to prevent sleep apnea from occurring.

There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by a blockage in the airway, and central sleep apnea, which is caused by failed signals from your brain to your breathing muscles. If you are in need of a treatment for sleep apnea, you can schedule an appointment with our team at Desert Dental Group at our dentist office in Tucson, Arizona. We offer oral appliance therapy for our patients who need help with sleep apnea. This custom appliance fits comfortably over your teeth to keep the airway open while you sleep. 

To schedule a visit with Dr. Brett M. Barney and our team, please us at (520) 663.0419. You deserve a good night’s sleep!