Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If you snore loudly and often, you may be accustomed to middle of the night elbow thrusts and lots of bad jokes. But snoring is no laughing matter. That log-sawing noise that keeps every one awake comes from efforts to force air through an airway that is not fully open.

It's basically like water running through a pipe. If the water runs abnormally through the pipe, it will vibrate. The same thing happens with airflow when it is partially obstructed.

Perhaps ten percent of adults snore and although, for most people snoring has no serious medical consequences, for a small segment, it is the first indication of a potentially life threatening disorder called "Obstructive Sleep Apnea".

Sleep Apnea is defined as the absence of breathing for more than 10 seconds. The severity of sleep apnea is categorized by the frequency of the 10-second apnea episodes. If the frequency is less than 5/hour, it is considered normal. From 5-15 episodes/hour, it is mild. From 15-25 episodes/hour, it is moderate and from 20 episodes/hour or more, it is considered severe.

When one enters the deeper levels of sleep needed to rest a person and heal a body, the muscles of the body relax. The tongue is a muscle and relaxes too. When it does this, it falls back over the airway and throat tissues. The partial coverage causes snoring. The full coverage, if 10 seconds or more, is called Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea is a serious condition since it has been associated with heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, dementia, strokes, high blood pressure, obesity, erectile dysfunction, depression, excessive daytime sleepiness & motor vehicle accidents.

The diagnosis of Sleep Apnea is obtained by performing a sleep test called polysomograph (PSG). This test confirms the Sleep apnea condition and evaluates its severity.

The number one treatment recommended by the medical community for Sleep Apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine (CPAP). The CPAP machine involves wearing a mask tightly over the nose during sleep as air is forced through the nasal passages and into the airway. Unfortunately the CPAP has a 75% rejection rate. So, the next best solution, as proposed by the medical community, is a dental appliance designed to keep your airways open.
Full Breath Solution Appliance. It is an FDA approved appliance that showed an 80% decrease in symptoms. This appliance is covered by most medical insurance plans.

Please contact our office for a consultation regarding this very serious condition

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