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What are the types of sleep apnea?

General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta

Posted: December 20, 2012

Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly condition that affects thousands of Canadians, the majority of whom have no idea they are sufferers. Although their breathing may stop hundreds of times during the night, forcing them to awaken partially to restore breathing after their brain suffers oxygen deprivation, they may wake in the morning knowing nothing more than that they have a dry mouth, a headache, and don’t feel rested.There are two main types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea, your brain simply “forgets” to send breathing signals, and breathing stops. In obstructive sleep apnea, on the other hand, the tissues of your airway collapse, closing the airway and, again, forcing your brain to awaken enough to reopen the airway.

These two types are not mutually exclusive, and some scientists recognize a third type of sleep apnea, which they call “mixed” sleep apnea.

Snoring is often associated with obstructive sleep apnea, but there is often no audible cue to central sleep apnea, other than the cessation of breathing. Oral appliances are an effective treatment for snoring as well as mild to moderate sleep apnea.

To learn more about the treatment of snoring with a sleep appliance, please contact Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko at Focus on Smiles in Edmonton, Alberta for a consultation today.

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