Breathe Easier and Achieve Quality Sleep Following Sleep Apnea Treatment

Obstructed airways can cause you to wake up numerous times throughout the night, leading to a lack of sleep, irritability, and health concerns. Fortunately, Dr. Sutton offers sleep apnea treatment at his Newport, TN, dental practice to help you achieve the proper sleep needed to live a joyous life. 

Sleep Apnea vs. Open Airways

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age. The pictures below show the difference between patients with obstructive sleep apnea and those with an open airway.

Image of airway obstructed by sleep apnea Image of airway open during sleep

Signs of Sleep Apnea

Do you think you may have sleep apnea? Some of the common sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Bouts of insomnia
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or making choking sounds at night
  • Headaches when waking up
  • Falling asleep unintentionally throughout the day
  • Extreme drowsiness during the day

Factors that Affect Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children. Some of the risk factors for this condition include:

  • Being male
  • Being overweight
  • Being more than 40 years of age
  • Having a neck size that is larger than 17 inches in men and larger than 16 inches in women
  • Having large tonsils or a small jaw bone
  • Family history of sleep apnea symptoms
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Nasal obstruction

Treatment Options for Snoring in Newport and East Tennessee

Image of sleep apnea breathing device

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where the person is not breathing properly. Improper breathing patterns can interrupt the sleep cycle and this can be a dangerous situation because the brain is not getting enough oxygen. If you have signs of sleep apnea, you may need treatment right away with Dr. David Sutton.

Types of Sleep Apnea

The two types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA is the more common type and is caused by a blocked airway. CSA occurs when the brain stops sending signals to the muscles to breathe, and this can cause respiratory instability. Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age. Your chances of developing sleep apnea increase for the following reasons:

  • Being male
  • Carrying extra weight
  • Being older than 40 
  • Having a large neck size
  • Having a small jaw bone
  • Family history
  • Nasal passage obstruction
  • GRD

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Symptoms and warning signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Snoring loudly
  • Waking up short of breath
  • Snorting, snoring, or choking sounds
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Falling asleep throughout the day
  • Drowsiness

Treatment options may include making lifestyle changes, changing sleeping positions, and in severe cases, surgery. If you are looking for treatment options for snoring in Newport and East Tennessee, set up your consultation with Dr. Sutton today.