Understanding Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects approximately 18 million individuals in the United States, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Like other sleep disorders, it can impact both your health and your quality of life. As a sleep apnea clinic in southeast Michigan, Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can help you better understand the condition and consult with you about potential treatment options.


What Is Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a disorder in which sufferers stop breathing for intermittent periods during their slumber. The specific type that you may have depends on the causes for your breathing difficulties during sleep:

  • Obstructive, in which muscles and tissues in the upper airway relax, collapse and block your air intake
  • Central, occurring when signals between your brain and diaphragm suspend and inhibit your breathing
  • Mixed, with characteristics of both obstructive and central

No matter which type of sleep apnea you may have, it robs your brain of the vital oxygen that you need to function. If untreated, it may lead to serious consequences such as poor memory, concentration difficulties, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, depression and even automobile and workplace accidents.


Diagnosis and Treatment

Specialists typically use overnight evaluations and home tests to determine if someone has sleep apnea. Meanwhile, you may notice some common symptoms that could signal the presence of a sleep disorder:

  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Nightmares
  • Unusual daytime sleepiness

Your spouse or partner may also notice that you regularly stop breathing during sleep, snore or periodically gasp for air. Treatment for this condition can include healthy diet and exercise, smoking cessation, CPAP machines, oral devices or surgery to correct the position of the upper and lower jaw.


Learn How We Can Help

Don’t suffer any longer from a lack of restful sleep. At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we specialize in obstructive and central sleep apnea diagnosis along with their treatment procedures. Learn how our physicians can help by calling our offices at (586) 755-9340.