Did you know that approximately 60% of men and 40% of women snore? Snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea, but it’s often a symptom. And that’s serious!
If you wake up feeling like you didn’t rest, or if you experience excessive tiredness during the day, if your partner complains of your loud snoring, or expresses worry because you’ve stopped breathing, you might need to visit OHIOSmiles for some tests. Dr. Antalis is highly trained in the recognition, diagnosis, and dental treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that has even been known to cause sudden death.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are basically three types of apnea:
- Central Apnea: This occurs when there is no chemical response from the brain to stimulate breathing. The airway is open, but no oxygen gets into the blood system.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The lungs and the diaphragm are functioning normally, but no oxygen is entering the system because there is an obstruction in the upper airway.
- Mixed Apnea: This is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.