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?
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.
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:
- Current oral health
- History of gum disease
- Symptoms of oral disease