What Is Sleep Apnea?

May 09, 2016 | Posted in Education

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you are sleeping. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring and feeling tired after a full night’s rest. There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea - The most common form of sleep apnea. Breaks in breathing are caused by throat muscles relaxing.

  • Central sleep apnea - Occurs when the brain does not send the correct signals to the muscles that control breathing. 

  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome - Occurs when someone has both central and obstructive sleep apnea.

If gone unnoticed, sleep apnea can be extremely dangerous. Your dentist can help you create a proper plan to help you deal with sleep apnea. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.