Sleep apnea is a disorder that can lead to serious health issues. It’s treatable at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, but before treatment can begin we need an accurate diagnosis, and the results of a sleep study.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops and starts during sleep. It can happen dozens of times. There are three main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea is when throat muscles relax, cutting off oxygen to the brain.
- Central sleep apnea, when the brain does not properly communicate with the muscles that control breathing.
- Complex sleep apnea involves both obstructive and central sleep apneas.
A sleep study involves measuring brain activity during sleep. The data that is collected gives a revealing picture of your sleep patterns, from how often you roll over to how much time you spend in light and deep sleep stages. It is a key to the most accurate diagnosis.
Sleep centers have popped up all over in recent years. Sometimes they are within a hospital and sometimes not. The tests they conduct may be done in an on-site sleep lab, or in your home.
With each, a series of sensors are attached to your head and body. These sensors connect by wire to a computer, which gathers and stores data while you sleep. From there, we can determine the best course of action.
At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we can treat sleep apnea. Patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate have come to our office to find relief. We also offer complete family dentistry. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!
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