SLEEP APNEA: FAQ
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing that occur throughout the night. Some men and women with sleep apnea stop breathing hundreds of times each night. That not only disrupts your rest, it can also deprive your brain of oxygen.
WHY DOES SLEEP APNEA OCCUR?
Most cases of sleep apnea occur when the muscles located in the back of your throat relax as you sleep. That causes your airway to narrow, making your body work harder to get enough air to your lungs and into your blood. When your brain senses a breathing problem, it fires an alert. That response happens very quickly, but it is enough to disrupt your sleep many times each night.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DON’T TREAT SLEEP APNEA?
Left untreated, sleep apnea increases your risk of diabetes, depression, heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. Unfortunately, many people live with sleep apnea for many years before they receive an accurate diagnosis.
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What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
If you routinely experience a combination of the following, you may have sleep apnea.
- Loud snoring
- Waking on occasion with gasping or choking
- Persistent daytime sleepiness
- Headaches in the morning
- Waking with a dry or sore throat
- Mood changes
- Reduced sex drive
- Frequent waking during the night
Sleep is an integral part of a healthy life, so seek care for any changes that disrupt your ability to get adequate rest on a routine basis.
ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY – “SAY YES”
The standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is a CPAP machine, which forces patients to wear a bulky mask over their face at night as air is forced into their lungs via a noisy machine. This makes it exceedingly difficult for patient and their partner to sleep.
At Machesney Dental Studio, Dr. Munshi has advanced training in sleep apnea and familiarity with the latest treatment technology. One of the most powerful ways to treat this condition is to alter the position of your jaw during sleep by a intra oral appliance. The device works by gently supporting your jaw in a forward position during the night, which keeps your upper airway open.
In mild to moderate cases, an Intra Oral appliance can be especially useful in treating this life-threatening condition. Oral appliances are small, convenient, and fit right in your mouth, allowing you and your partner to sleep better. Oral appliance is also very handy for those who travel frequently as it can fit right in your bag and you do not have to carry a big CPAP machine with you.
If you would like to learn more about how a sleep appliance works and whether this or other treatment options might be right for you, schedule an appointment today. You can book your sleep apnea consultation online or by phone.