SLEEP APNEA AND SNORING
Snoring may seem like an annoying inconvenience, but often it’s more than that. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that causes your breathing to stop intermittently while you sleep. As a result, you can experience severe fatigue and a host of serious medical issues. The condition is common, with an estimated 18 million suffering from it.
Types of Sleep Apnea
1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by a blocked airway during sleep often caused when tissue in the back of the throat collapses and stops you from breathing properly.
2. Central sleep apnea, which stems from the brain’s failure to tell the muscles to breathe, causing your breathing to start and stop while you are asleep
Those at Risk
Effects of Sleep Apnea
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be treated in a number of ways:
Oral appliances work for many and are much less intrusive than other remedies. Dr. Monacell can fit you with an customized appliance to wear while you sleep. They move your lower jaw forward in order to keep your airway open and keep the soft tissue from collapsing and obstructing your breathing. These appliances are comfortable, portable, and easy to maintain.
Some patients may need a positive airway pressure device such as a CPAP machine that provides pressurized air through a mask during the night.
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