Sleep apnea is a common but often undiagnosed sleep disorder affecting millions worldwide. It is a severe condition with long-term health consequences if left untreated. Struggling with sleep apnea does not need to be a sufferable occurrence, as at Parleys Creek Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, we provide treatments for sleep apnea for patients in the area. Dr. Clinton Sorensen and his team offer the treatments necessary to help relieve sleep apnea symptoms for those struggling. Please schedule an appointment with us today.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interrupted breathing during sleep. It occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, causing a person to stop breathing for a few seconds or more. This sleep disorder can occur several times an hour, causing a drop in oxygen levels in the body. Sleep apnea has three forms of classification.
Sleep apnea occurs due to a combination of factors that can vary from person to person. Some common causes include:
Extra fat tissue in the neck can place pressure on the airway and cause it to narrow or collapse.
Sleep apnea is more common in older adults.
Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women.
Like many health concerns, sleep apnea can run in families.
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Sorensen. We will go through various tests at your appointment to see if you have sleep apnea. If you do, we can proceed with proper treatment to help you sleep better at night and help you lead a healthier life.
Dr. Clinton Sorensen will usually start by asking you detailed questions about your sleep patterns and behavior to diagnose sleep apnea. To help further determine what is going on, we also perform a physical examination and conduct a sleep study, which can record your breathing, oxygen levels, and heart rate during sleep. Based on the results, Dr. Sorensen can determine the severity of your sleep apnea and recommend the appropriate treatment.
The treatment options for sleep apnea depend on the severity of the condition.