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Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing ceases for several seconds, multiple times during the course of sleep. There are two primary types of sleep apnea, both of which can result in long-term health complications if not treated.
If you live in or around Conway, South Carolina and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, please contact the Carolina Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry or call 843-476-4166 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff Horowitz.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of this condition. This type of sleep apnea is caused by obstruction of airways when lying down. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apneamay include loud snoring, periods of breath cessation followed by choking or gasping for air, and waking with frequent morning headaches.
Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include:
Alcohol or sedative use
Genetic factors such as larger neck circumference
Central sleep apnea is caused by miscommunication between breathing muscles and the brain. This type of sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea, but shares many of the same symptoms. Central sleep apnea is often a result of genetic predisposition or medical disorders.
Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the central and obstructive forms of this disorder and is the least common type.
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can interfere with a good night’s sleep – both for you and for anyone within earshot. More worrisome, sleep apnea can be an indication of serious health issues and a risk factor in the development of heart disease and other life-threatening conditions.
Untreated, sleep apnea can result in physical, emotional, and cognitive disorders, some of which can be deadly. Fortunately, effective and noninvasive sleep apnea treatments are readily available. Dr. Horowitz would be happy to meet with you and discuss your condition, and to help you determine the most effective way to restore a good, healthful night’s sleep.
To schedule your consultation with our experienced South Carolina sleep apnea dentist, please contact us today. Dr. Horowitz treats patients living in Conway, Myrtle Beach, and surrounding areas of South Carolina.