September 23, 2016

Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea in the United States. While it is usually characterized by frequent snoring, there are plenty of other, far more serious symptoms associated with the condition. If you want to learn more about this sleeping disorder or get treatment for your condition, schedule an appointment with our dentist in Greenville, NC.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three main forms of this condition. The first is the central variety. This is when the brain is unable to send the correct signals to your muscles responsible for allowing you to breathe while you sleep. Next, the most common type is called obstructive sleep apnea. This is a physical complication when your muscles relax too much during sleep. Finally, there is the complex syndrome. This is a combination of both central and obstructive. All of them prevent you from breathing properly while sleeping, and as a result, you will wake up constantly throughout the night to start breathing again.


All the varieties basically have the same symptoms. If you notice any of the following in yourself, then you need to see a dentist immediately.

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Frequent loud snoring
  • Shortness of breath upon waking up
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Sore throat
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Attention disorders
  • Irritability, depression and mood swings


You need to undergo a sleep test in order to get a full diagnosis for sleep apnea. If it is determined you have it, then our dentist will recommend the best treatment for your needs. Individuals with the obstructive type may just need to make some lifestyle changes such as losing a little weight or cutting back on alcohol. Dental devices can be prescribed. One of the most successful treatments is getting a CPAP machine to help open up your airways as you sleep.

Contact Our Office

Dr. Robert Capps, Dr. Mark Bowman and the rest of our staff are here to assist you in any way we can. If you would like to schedule an appointment, then contact us at your earliest convenience.



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