Sleep apnea is a disorder that can lead to serious health issues. It’s treatable at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette, 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 occurs 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 sleep studies 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 Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette we can set you up with a home sleep study, and treat sleep apnea. Patients from Boulder, Louisville, and Broomfield have come to our office to find relief. We also offer comprehensive general and family dentistry. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!
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