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Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common type of apnea, results from a collapse of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. A patient's sleeping patterns are interrupted when the soft tissue blocks the airway, causing the patient to stop breathing for a short period of time. Once the body reacts to a lack of oxygen, it jolts the patient to awaken and take a quick breath. An elongated soft palate and enlarged tonsils have also been shown to be factors in cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Obesity and morbid obesity is common in many apnea patients and weight gain can play a part in the development of obstructive sleep apnea.

Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is caused by a central nervous system dysfunction and can develop in patients who have had a stroke, heart attack, or other condition. While much research has been conducted and is underway currently, there is no single identifiable cause in every central sleep apnea patient. Some researchers have found that certain conditions like obesity, encephalitis, neurodegenerative diseases, and cervical spine complications actually lead to sleep apnea.

Denture wearers with sleep apnea face special complications and risks. Patients with sleep apnea should not remove their dentures at night.

More information on Sleep Apnea:

Symptoms & Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

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