Sleep Apnea

Are you experiencing any trouble breathing when you’re asleep? This may be a case of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that causes a person’s breathing to be interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea can experience trouble breathing multiple times every night, and may even stop breathing during those times.

Men, people who are older than 40, and overweight people have a greater risk of sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious complications like stroke and heart failure. If you have experienced any trouble breathing while sleeping, it is best to consult your doctor to prevent any serious problems.

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Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when there is a blockage in the upper airway during sleep. Whenever a sleep apnea episode happens, the diaphragm and chest muscles constrict and work harder within the increased pressure in the airway. This condition interrupts breathing and sleep multiple times a night.

25 percent of men and 10 percent of women are suffering from sleep apnea. While it can affect people of all ages including children and young adults, it is most common among people over 40 years old. This serious medical condition is observed in patients who are already suffering with nervous system dysfunction like stroke and other neuromuscular diseases. It can also affect patients with cardiac and pulmonary diseases.

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Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that may lead to complications such as:

How to Treat Sleep Apnea?

The best and most effective way to treat sleep apnea is with the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Although a CPAP machine can be very effective, it is also expensive, high maintenance, and has a lot of side effects.

You can use an oral appliance to replace a CPAP in treating sleep apnea. This device pushes your tongue and jaw forward to make the airway larger and encourage an improved airflow. This can also reduce the possibility of tissues collapsing and narrowing the airway when you breathe in. There are different devices such as mandibular repositioning and tongue retaining devices.

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What is an Oral Appliance?

An oral appliance is a custom-fitted dental device created to treat snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders. Made to be both effective and comfortable, oral appliances have been found useful in correcting the lower jaw to create a more comfortable breathing position. This ensures that the base of your tongue will not collapse and block your airway. The majority of dental patients prefer oral appliances because they are more comfortable, affordable, convenient, and effective.

Why Do You Need an Oral Appliance?

Both dental patients and practitioners find oral appliances to be the best solution for snoring and sleep apnea as they help improve the quality of life. They are the best alternative for people who cannot afford or are unwilling to undergo and tolerate CPAP treatment.

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If You Are Considering Getting an Oral Appliance to Aid Sleep Apnea

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