Many people suffer from sleep apnea, but what they may not realize is—their dental provider can help with general dentistry. At Basin Dentistry, your overall health and well-being is extremely important to us. We want all of our patients to experience both good overall and oral health. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that interrupts your breathing while you sleep. It can even be life threatening. Snoring is a common side effect of sleep apnea, but is not always evident.
There are two common types of sleep apnea; obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can affect anyone regardless of age, but there are significant factors that make you more susceptible to this disorder. According to the American Dental Association those factors include:
- Those over 40
- Large tonsils, large tongue or small jaw
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Nasal obstruction from a deviated septum, allergies or sinus issues