Do you have a snoring problem? Suffer from sleep apnea or sleeplessness related to TMJ? Dr. Lawrence has the solution!
Did you know we specialize in treating sleep apnea? Visit our SleepRight McKinney website to schedule a consultation.
What is Sleep Apnea?
A potentially life-threatening sleep disorder, sleep apnea causes an individual’s breathing to repeatedly start and stop during rest. While not a definite indication, snoring loudly during rest and feeling exhausted even after receiving a full night’s sleep could suggest you suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can develop as:
- Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of apnea that causes the throat muscles to relax.
- Central sleep apnea, which develops when the brain doesn’t send the correct signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome, which occurs when a patient has both central and obstructive sleep apnea.
If you suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, schedule a sleep apnea consultation with McKinney dentist Dr. Paul Lawrence today! Treatment can help to ease your symptoms so you rest better at night and may help to prevent the health complications linked to sleep apnea such as heart failure, stroke, hypertension, depression and diabetes.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea develops when the muscles located in the back of the throat relax during sleep. Normally, these muscles work to support the soft palate, a triangular shaped tissue that hangs from the side walls of the throat, the tonsils, the soft palate and the tongue.
Your airway in the throat narrows as the muscles relax, causing you to receive an inadequate amount of air. This could cause the oxygen levels in your blood to drop.
Your brain receives a signal that the body isn’t receiving enough oxygen and briefly stimulates you from sleep so that the airway can reopen. The time you spend awake is typically so brief that many people are unaware they ever woke up. To find out if you have sleep apnea, contact our McKinney dental practice today!
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McKinney, TX 75071