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Why you need to be concerned about central apnea: get advice and help with diagnosis from South East London dentists

16 / 01 / 2011

Central apnea sufferers have a tendency to stop breathing for short period while they are sleeping. Needless to say, this can have a big impact on their lives and is often intertwined with other, serious problems. As evidence of central apnea can be found in the mouth, your dentist might be able to help, given that, during your six month check ups, your mouth will be thoroughly examined by them.

It is the failure of the brain to keep sending the signal to breathe which causes central apnea during sleep. Usually central apnea is associated with far more serious conditions which affect the general health of the patient. It is unlikely that central apnea will occur in isolation of conditions like heart disease. The morbidly obese and stroke victims also have a higher propensity of suffering from central apnea.

The effects in the life of a central apnea patient can be huge. The disruption to sleep can lead to chronic fatigue during the day and activities like driving can be rendered more problematic. Hypertension can also result, leading to a greater risk of heart failure and strokes.

Dentists might be able to help because they are often able to diagnose the other type of apnea. Obstructive apnea is not brain related, it is caused by the muscles at the rear of the mouth relaxing during sleep and blocking the airways. If your dentist determines that you have apnea but it is not of the obstructive variety then you will be able to see another medical professional to find out if you have central apnea.

Obstructive apnea can be alleviated by wearing certain oral devices during sleep but if you have central apnea then the underlying condition with which it is associated will need to be addressed. Talk to your South East London dentist for more advice.

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