What is this disease?
Apnea actually means cessation of breath. Sleep apnea is common type of apnea where a person’s breathing intake becomes either very slow or even can stop several times during sleep. This state of patient may prolong to 100 times in a night. In obstructive sleep apnea, there occurs several times complete or partial blockage of upper airway during sleeping. These obstructions are caused by some elements like soft tissues of uvula, or most commonly by swollen tonsils. With the help of oral surgery, these issues can be rectified.
How it is concerned with dentist
As this disease is caused by obstruction from soft tissues originating from neck or throat, an oral surgeon can easily handle these. If your dentist suggests you for a sleep disorder test, which is polysomnography, to check your sleeping pattern, you may need to undergo certain treatment.
How it is affecting you
Obstructive sleep apnea makes your sound sleep discontinuous. Because every time to put air into your lungs diaphragm and chest muscle work at large pressure, and it may result in some kind of jerk or snort during this process. This process may occur several times during a single night and you could be sleepless throughout night leading to affected work balance.
There are certain behavioral modification and oral appliances, which may serve as a help sometimes. However, depending upon severity of disorder, if these treatments are not working, u may need to see a dentist for oral surgery. This disease is more common in men as compare to women. We can also refer to corresponding research articles for that.