Your sleep impacts every aspect of your health and daily life. sleeping well help you look, feel, and perform your best. But a sleep problem can be harmful to your health and well-being. Two of the most common sleep problems are snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Learn more about the warning signs and how you can get help.
Snoring is a sound that occurs during sleep when soft tissue in the upper airway vibrates as you breath. snoring is extremely common in men, but also in occurs frequently in women, specially during pregnancy and after menopause. obesity, nasal obstruction, alcohol and smoking all increase the risk of snoring. the sound of snoring tends to be most disturbing to a bed partner or roommate but loud snoring can wake the person who snores, too. Loud and frequent snoring is a common sign of obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep Apnea
Approximately 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can cause them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night from anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. OSA is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, repeated breathing pauses occur, which often reduce your oxygen levels. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep. Common signs of OSA include snoring and gasping or choking sounds during sleep. like snoring, OSA is more common in men but it can occur in women too, specially during and after menopause. Having excess body weight, a narrow airway or misaligned jaw increase the risk of OSA.
Is Treating OSA Important?
Treating OSA is incredibly important to your health. When left untreated, OSA often causes excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue, as well as morning headaches and memory loss. OSA also is a threat to your safety as it increases your risk of drowsy driving and workplace accidents. untreated OSA raises your risk for serious health problems. There include high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, chronic acid,reflux, and erectile dysfunction. Severe, untreated OSA even increases your risk of death.
How are Snoring and OSA Diagnosed?
The doctor must determine if your snoring is a sign that yo have OSA. A doctor who is a sleep specialist can provide you with a complete sleep evaluation. This may involve either an overnight sleep study at a sleep center or a home sleep apnea test. The sleep doctor will interpret the date from your sleep study to make a diagnosis.
How are Snoring and OSA Treated?
Your sleep doctor will discuss treatment options with you. These options include positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy and surgery.
- PAP therapy involves wearing a face mask connected by tubing to a constantly running machine.
- Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard-lik device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway.
- Surgical options include a variety of procedures. All have varying side effects and rates of success.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and OSA. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances support your jaw in a forward position to help maintain and upper airway. Many patients consider an oral appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a PAP mask. Oral appliances also are quiet, portable and easy to care for.
If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. you also will receive a referral to a qualified dentist who can provide opal appliance therapy. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance. Your dentist will recommend the devices that is best for you. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Talk to our doctors about treatment options for snoring and OSA. Ask if oral appliance therapy might be the right solutions for you. Get help today to improve your sleep and your health.