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Are you familiar with the threat of sleep apnea? Did you know two kinds of sleep apnea can threaten your health? Well, it’s true! Sleep apnea is often dismissed with general snoring. However, neglecting this condition can lead to disastrous effects. To help you understand more about sleep apnea, our dentist with Farshid Ariz D.M.D. in West Los Angeles, California, is thrilled to share some insight with you.

Here are the ins and outs of sleep apnea and why it is essential to treat:

Central sleep apnea:

Central sleep apnea strikes when there is a problem with your brain sending the correct signals to breathe right as you sleep. This condition is less common in people. While the physical airway is not blocked, the brain still fails to send the precise signals, which often happens when other medical issues are stirring such as heart failure, brain tumors, brain infections, and stroke.

Obstructive sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea is a widespread form of sleep apnea that most people with sleep apnea have. To put it simply, it confines the airflow while you sleep because of the soft tissues in the back of your throat collapse. Traditionally, obesity can be the cause of this disorder.

Without ideal airflow to your body, as you sleep, you are putting your body at risk for other severe conditions like stroke, diabetes, heart attack, depression, heart failure and high blood pressure. When you sleep, your body is working overtime at keeping your body healthy and working correctly, which needs proper airflow to succeed. That is why this condition is crucial to treat.

If you still have questions about your snoring, or if you are ready to treat your sleep apnea, please come in our office today or give us a call at 310-826-3399 to make an appointment. Dr. Farshid Ariz and our dental team are always happy to assist you in achieving the best in oral health care.