Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is quite common, affects many and is potentially life threatening. In fact, it’s been associated with higher risks of strokes and heart attacks. While you sleep, an apnea occurs when breathing stops for ten seconds or more, placing significant strain on your cardiovascular system and heart. These disturbances during sleep prevent air from reaching your lungs.
Treatment Options for Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Treatment may include oral appliance therapy, surgery or a CPAP medical unit that sits beside you during sleep, delivering continuous positive air pressure through a face mask or nasal tube attached to a pump. The CPAP requires commitment and proper adjustment to achieve maximum clinical benefits. Oral appliance therapy is a device specially designed to reposition the jaw and tongue forward during sleep, thus expanding the airway for easier flow.
Early Detection & Diagnosis Is Vital
When it comes to snoring and sleep apnea, dentists trained in dental sleep medicine and physicians trained in traditional sleep medicine may collaborate in treating patients through accurate diagnosis recording a variety of body functions during sleep. Conducted in a hospital or clinic, a Polysomnograph sensors and measures twelve or more parameters including video monitoring.
Left untreated, snoring and sleep apnea may cause or increase:
- Risk of heart attack, stroke or pulmonary hypertension
- High blood pressure & other cardiovascular disease
- Depression, anxiety or memory problems
- Migraine headaches
- Weight gain
- Impotency & sexual dysfunction
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Job impairment
- Hyperactivity in children
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