Sleep Apnea Phoenix, AZ
When one of our patients tells us that they are tired despite getting a full night’s rest, we take them seriously. We understand how frustrating and exhausting it can be to do everything in your power to feel well rested and still end up tired. Its like fighting a battle that you just aren’t equipped to win. Fortunately, we understand the issues that can cause these symptoms and have a variety of ways to treat them. Many times the symptoms described above are caused by a condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and can harm your health if not diagnosed and treated.
What Sleep Apnea Is
Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs in which the patients stops breathing for a short time while they sleep. A person who experiences chronic sleep apnea never gets the full benefit of a night spent asleep because of their inability to breath properly, and their constant waking makes it impossible for them to experience a full sleep cycle. Instead of transitioning into REM (deep sleep) they are forced to stay in the lighter stages of sleep.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three different varieties of sleep apnea:
Of these varieties, obstructive sleep apnea makes up an overwhelming amount of the sleep apnea cases in America today at around 80% of all cases diagnosed. OSA occurs when a part of the body, usually the jaw of the fleshy structures in the back of the mouth block the esophagus and prevent air from being pulled into the lungs. This usually occurs because the muscles in the body relax during sleep and drift into positions where they obstruct the airway.
CSA makes up roughly 20% of all diagnosed sleep apnea cases and occurs when there is a communication error between the parts of the brain and the muscles that are responsible for breathing. We do not treat CSA and will refer you to a specialist that can better help to treat your issue.
MSA represents a small portion of the sleep apnea cases that are diagnosed. These cases are, as you might guess this is a mix between obstructive and central sleep apnea. We do not treat MSA and will refer you to a specialist that can better help to treat your issue.
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
We have a number of treatment options available to treat your sleep apnea symptoms. Because we specialize in treating obstructive sleep apnea the focus of our treatment methods is on maintaining the position of the jaw and structures within the mouth. From bite splints to night and Brux guards we will find a way to give you the great sleep you deserve. If you would like to learn more about our sleep apnea treatment options, please call us today at (602) 789-3799 to setup a no obligation consultation.
We look forward to seeing you smile!