What is Sleep Apnea?

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects breathing patterns while asleep. Patients who are afflicted might not even be aware of the condition unless noted by a partner. Symptoms can include snoring, but that is not a reliable indicator as snoring can occur for a multitude of reasons. Without verification from someone witnessing an event, diagnosis can be difficult. Excessive daytime fatigue without an obvious reason can offer a clue that something may be amiss during sleep, and suspicions are usually only verifiable through sleep studies and observation. Thankfully, your dentist has a remedy for these sleep disturbances that do not involve lengthy studies, and can provide relief right away.

There are different types of sleep apnea. Each type, however, can produce very similar responses. Some patients will appear to virtually stop breathing, while other cases may produce shallow breathing. Sleep disturbances attributed to obstructive apnea are the result of the tissues in the back of the throat relaxing to the extent that the airway becomes blocked. Many patients will awaken not realizing the episode has occurred.

Your dentist has a remedy for these sleep disturbances that do not involve lengthy studies, and can provide relief right away.

Central sleep apnea has more to do with the central nervous system and signals sent to the brain during sleep. It is also possible to experience sleep apnea due to a combination of both conditions.

Your dentist may be able to provide the perfect remedy without undergoing extensive testing. Treatment including the use of SomnoDent has proven results. With different options available, a customized apparatus is designed to your specifications resulting in a comfortable fit that will produce results.

The TAP II (Thornton Adjustable Positioner II) is a two piece mouthpiece that is designed to move the lower jaw forward reducing snoring and the incidence of sleep apnea episodes.

Other suggestions that may reduce sleep apnea symptoms include:

  1. Stop smoking.
  2. Lose weight (even a minimal loss can have an impact).
  3. Reduce caffeine intake.
  4. Avoid consuming alcohol or drugs that are intended to relax the body. With obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much resulting in sleep disruptions.
  5. Sleep on your side.
  6. Daily exercise can improve quality of sleep.

Research has proven that sufficient and restful sleep can reduce the incidence of certain diseases, and a restful night’s sleep will reward you with energetic and productive days.

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