Treating Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
with an Oral Appliance
Sleep Apnea is a very common condition. 40,000,000 Americans have Sleep Apnea and 90% are undiagnosed. When it comes to a healthy body, Deep Sleep is critical, and your body needs 1-1.5 hours per night. In deep sleep the body is in recovery mode, the brain slows, heart rate lowers, breathing rates are steady, arm and leg muscles are relaxed and it’s harder for you to wake up. During Deep Sleep your muscles grow and repair, immune system is refreshed and the brain flushes out toxins. In order to go into recovery sleep you have to maintain stage three deep sleep. What that means is, when you are having an apnea event, the adrenaline your body produces to awaken you never allows to you attain that 1-1.5 hours of deep sleep.
With imbalanced sleep, life in general may begin to feel off-balance. With Obstructive Sleep Apnea, sufferers may be logging in the hours nightly, but finding themselves feeling tired upon waking all the same.
This unfortunate situation can result in various symptoms; some of which are more mild, like a dry mouth/throat, moderate, such as headaches to more severe symptoms such as falling asleep at a traffic light. If you already have severe health conditions such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver, lung or kidney ailments, sleep apnea can worsen these conditions making them life threatening.
Oral appliances have been proven to be very effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are also effective in treating severe sleep apnea patients who are CPAP intolerant.
An oral appliance is custom fit for you and is comprised of two trays (one for the upper jaw and one for the lower jaw). During use, they can be calibrated (titrated) for your specific needs.
Essentially, what the appliance does is it prevents the airway from collapsing. It helps maintian an open and patent airway thus making it easier breathe. The appliance is available only by prescription, as each is made to fit a respective patient’s mouth perfectly.
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