Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the tongue is stuck against the back of the throat blocking the upper airway causing air flow to stop. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a very common chronic disorder that may create respiratory or cardiovascular complications if left untreated.
Signs of sleep apnea are:
- Snore loudly.
- Gasp for air or pause breathing during sleep.
- Feel sleepy during the day and sometimes fall asleep at inappropriate times.
- Wake up more than 2 times a night to use the bathroom.
- If you are more than 30 pounds overweight with a large neck size.
Sleep Apnea Solutions:
CPAP: One way to treat people who have sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. This device includes a mask, tubes and a fan. It uses air pressure to push the tongue forward and open the throat thus allowing air to properly flow through. It reduces snoring and prevents apnea disturbances.
Snoring Appliance: A snoring appliance is an oral appliance that resembles an athletic mouthpiece. Custom fit by a dentist in one simple, painless visit. Fit to the patient's teeth to keep the upper and lower jaw in position when the jaw and throat muscles relax during sleep. This keeps the airway open providing restful, quiet sleep. Generally made from sterile plastic it is easy to clean with a regular toothbrush.