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Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person's breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. This can cause the person to wake up frequently throughout the night, leading to poor quality sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to health problems if left untreated.

There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA is the more common form and occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, preventing air from flowing into the lungs. CSA occurs when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Dentists can help diagnose and treat sleep apnea. During a dental exam, a dentist may look for signs of sleep apnea, such as enlarged tonsils or a narrow airway. A dentist may also recommend a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment for sleep apnea often involves the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which delivers air through a mask worn during sleep to keep the airway open. In some cases, a dentist may recommend the use of an oral appliance, which is a device worn in the mouth to help keep the airway open.

If you think you may have sleep apnea, it is important to see a dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

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