At Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN, we want all our patients who suffer from sleep apnea to get the treatment they and their loved ones deserve.
If you have been keeping up to date with our previous blog posts, you know that we specialize in sleep apnea treatment. But is this treatment even necessary? Does something as simple as excessive snoring even merit a visit to our practice?
The answer is almost always yes. But we know that it can be difficult to prioritize oral care that doesn’t cause pain or significant discomfort.
In order to combat this apathy, our team has put together two lists. The first covers the causes and different kinds of sleep apnea, and the second covers the benefits you could receive from treatment. We can almost guarantee that they will help you ascertain whether your sleep apnea really is as serious as it sounds.
The Causes and Types of Sleep Apnea
Though it has been studied for years, we find out more about sleep apnea every day. Not every cause or reason has been ascertained, but we have included the most common reasons why you might be suffering from this condition.
- Obstructive sleep apnea, which is most common, happens when your muscles relax during sleep. This causes your airway to seal up, which can be scary and dangerous. When you can’t get enough air, your body senses it and wakes you up so you can open your airways again.
- Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, occurs when your brain fails to send the right signals to your breathing muscles.
- Both of the mentioned types of apnea are caused and worsened by excess weight, obesity, and poor heart health.
The Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment
- Helps prevent hypertension.
- Decreases the chances of heart failure.
- Provides consistent glucose control for diabetes patients.
- Helps with depression
- Strengthens your immune system
- Prevents acid reflux
- Prevents adult asthma
- Helps maintain cholesterol levels
- Restores the calm and relaxation of uninterrupted sleep.