SLEEP APNEA & SNORING RESOLUTION
Sleep Apnea

Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. It is a common problem among all ages and both genders, and it affects approximately 90 million American adults. It is not a laughable social problem but has far reaching and life threatening consequences. However, today snoring and its more severe form of Sleep Apnea can frequently be treated with a very comfortable and non-invasive oral appliance. With ever increasing improvements of a variety of oral sleep appliances, snoring and sleep apnea has seen as much as an 80% success rate.



What causes snoring and who is at risk?

Snoring occurs when air does not flow smoothly through the air passages, or when the soft tissues or muscles in your air passages vibrate. As you fall into a deep sleep, the muscles in your tongue, throat and roof of your mouth (soft palate) relax. This muscle relaxation causes your throat tissues to sag. As you breathe, the sagging tissues narrow your airway and vibrate or flutter, creating the sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration...and the louder your snoring. Unfortunately, snoring is not just an irritation to others, if severe enough a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea develops and the complications it creates can be life threatening.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The most common kind of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. Sleep apnea means "cessation of breath." It is characterized by repetitive episodes of upper airway obstruction that occur during sleep, usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. In other words, the airway becomes obstructed at several possible sites. The upper airway can be obstructed by excess tissue in the airway, large tonsils, a large tongue and usually includes the airway muscles relaxing and collapsing when asleep. Another site of obstruction can be the nasal passages. Sometimes the structure of the jaw and airway can be a factor in sleep apnea.
Normal Airway
Normal Breathing
  • Airway is open
  • Air flows freely to the lungs
Obstructed Airway
Obstructive
Sleep Apnea

  • Airway Collapses
  • Blocked Air Flow
   
   

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