Snoring is a mild sleeping disorder that occurs when there is turbulence in the throat while inhaling air. It can be very annoying, both to the person who snores and to anyone who sleeps next to them. It often causes fatigue, sore throat, and in serious cases, it can lead to Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder that is characterized by the closing of the airway to the lungs. The patient, in the middle of their sleep, would not be able to breathe and abruptly awaken. The soft muscular tissues at the back of the throat tend to collapse, blocking off the air supply to the lungs.
Causes and symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Some of the causes of Sleep Apnea are as follows:
- Constant and prolonged snoring
- High blood pressure
- Improper sleeping positions that constrict the airway
- Nasal malfunctions
The symptoms of Sleep Apnea are:
- Blockage of the airway, cutting off the supply of air to the lungs.
- Abruptly waking up in the middle of sleep.
- Fatigue and uneasiness.
- Lack of sleep at night, and feeling sleepy during the daytime.
- Headaches, especially after waking up.
How can Sleep Apnea be treated?
A sleep specialist would conduct a sleep test for patients who suffer from sleep apnea. Various aspects such as the blood oxygen level, heart rate, sleep patterns, movement of the muscles, movement of the eye, respiratory conditions, etc. will be carefully analyzed. Medication, if required, would be prescribed.
Dental equipment called the snore guard can be recommended by the dentist. It can be inserted into the mouth during sleep and would prevent snoring and the collapse of tissues in the upper part of the airway. This would ensure uninterrupted sleep and continuous supply of air to the lungs. It would be custom fabricated according to the requirement of the individual patient and made very comfortable to use.
TAP® or the Thornton Adjustable Positioner® is a customized, patient-friendly, oral adjustable device that can help curb sleep-disordered breathing.
Its compact and simple design makes it the best oral device available to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). TAP® is also a replacement for other TMD appliances such as the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and surgical methods. With Airway Management, patients have begun to experience improved health, well-being, and quality of life.
Schedule an appointment with us and get your snoring and sleep apnea issues treated before they become severe.