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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea
We often think of sleep apnea as an annoying condition that doesn’t allow people to get a full night’s rest. However, sleep apnea can be a very dangerous condition if it is left untreated.

The traditional treatment has been to use a loud, bulky machine that is strapped to your face while you sleep which for some people can often seem just as scary as the diagnosis.

Fortunately, there are other options that may be able to help you with your sleep apnea and get quality sleep once again.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes people to stop breathing during sleep. The periods where there is no breathing can vary in length and frequency.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea – This condition is caused by something that completely or partially blocks your airway. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea.
  • Central Sleep Apnea – This is caused by the failure of the brain to send the proper signals to your respiratory system to breathe.

X-Rays

The second part of your initial dental appointment will often include X-rays. X-rays use a low level of radiation that helps to capture images of the inside of your teeth.

These images are helpful in determining any problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. X-rays can aid your dentist in diagnosing cavities, tooth decay or impacted teeth.

X-rays are typically performed at your first appointment and again when your dentist feels that you need them. Some factors that influence the frequency of imaging include:

  • Age
  • Current oral health
  • History of gum disease
  • Symptoms of oral disease
Children often receive more x-rays than adults due to their rapid growth and to make sure that their permanent teeth are developing appropriately.

Overview

Regular dental appointments are a critical component in your dental health. The health of your mouth also has impacts on other aspects of your body as well, so it’s important to make sure that you correct any issues as soon as possible. If you are considering a checkup, contact your dentist today to schedule an appointment.
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