THE DANGERS of SLEEP APNEA
Is your snoring disrupting your sleep and that of your spouse? Does your spouse report that you wake up with a start, and appear to stop breathing many times during the night?
You may have a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when your tongue falls back, and your palate drops when you sleep, blocking your airway. The oxygen level in your brain and blood drops, and your sleep is interrupted.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea requires medical attention. The lack of proper blood oxygenation and repeated awakening cause widespread systemic health problems such as:
- daytime sleepiness
- memory and concentration problems
- depression and anxiety
- dry mouth
- night sweats
- impared sexual performance
- drowsy impaired driving
The National Heart and Blood Institute recommends seeing a sleep physician to determine if you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
HOW is SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
CPAP Obstructive Sleep Apnea may be treated by using a CPAP unit while you sleep. It consists of a fitted face mask, plastic hoses, and a bedside machine which pumps a steady stream of pressurized air to you so that your airway is held open while sleeping The mask typically covers both your nose and mouth, delivering a stream of air that is adjusted to your individual needs.The pressure of the airflow moves the tissues of the soft palate out of the way so they no longer block your airway. Snoring stops, and breathing is uninterrupted, keeping you properly ventilated and sleeping more soundly.
Many people find that CPAP machines are uncomfortable and inconvenient to use, and difficult to clean. The machines may be difficult to carry when traveling. In many cases, the CPAP machine may disturb the bed partner. As a result, many people will not use their CPAP, and their life-threatening Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not treated.
Oral Appliances can comfortably and effectively control Obstructive Sleep Apnea for those patients who cannot, or will not, use a CPAP. An Oral Appliance consists of a clear, thin, acrylic tray that is made in a laboratory on models of your upper and lower teeth. These trays gently hold your lower jaw and tongue slightly forward while you sleep. This keeps your airway open, and allows you to breathe normally. Snoring is decreased or eliminated, and the oxygen flow to your lungs and brain is maintained.
Oral Appliances are comfortable and convenient. There is no facial mask, no hose, and no noise from a machine to disturb you or your bed partner. They are easy to clean with a toothbrush and easy to take with you when traveling.
Oral Appliances are considered durable medical devices and may be covered by your medical insurance.
For more information about Oral Appliances, call Waco Snoring and CPAP Alternatives (254) 776-2775.