SLEEP APNEA AND SNORING
We provide custom fit Snore Guard for patients who have problem snoring. Sleep apnea is a temporary cessation of breathing during sleep, occurring many times during the night. People suffering from sleep apnea stop breathing for 10 to 20 seconds at a time, then strenuously gasp for air. This may happen as frequently as hundreds of times during the night and sometimes for a minute or longer. Blood oxygen levels typically drop with each apnea.
There are two major types of sleep apnea
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is more common, occurring when muscles of the tongue, throat, and larynx relax during sleep and temporarily block the airway. The person instinctively tries to breathe with more force, until the airway opens and a breath is taken. These repetitive episodes of upper airway obstructions are usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation.
- Central sleep apnea (CSA) is more rare, occurring when the brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing.
How is obstructive sleep apnea treated?
A large percentage of people snore to some degree and a portion have some degree of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Most have mild OSA and may be treated with mouthpieces or other non-reversible forms of treatment and or lifestyle changes to reduce symptoms. Snore Guard and many other oral appliances are considered by the FDA to be a mandible repositioning device for reducing the symptoms of snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea.
Risks of untreated sleep apnea
- Increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
- Increase the risk of, or worsen, heart failure
- Make arrhythmias more likely
- Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents