We often hear about sleep apnea when it comes to sleeping disorders, but what exactly is it? Sleep apnea is the temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep. There are typically three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Obstructive is the most common form of sleep apnea among adults. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage in the airways, usually when soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. If left untreated, people with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during the night, potentially hundreds of times as well.
Someone who suffers from sleep apnea usually experiences daytime fatigue, morning drowsiness, insomnia, gasping for breath in the middle of the night, or snoring. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to memory problems, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, headaches, weight gain, and many other health problems. Respire Medical offers sleep apnea patients an alternative solution to CPAP treatment. Their sleep appliance provides a more personalized and less intrusive treatment that specifically fits each patient so that they can enjoy a better night’s rest. The Respire Medical sleep appliance moves the lower jaw forward and holds it there while you sleep. This allows the tongue to be pulled forward and is prevented from falling back and blocking the airway.
Sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated here at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts. If you or your loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Makrauer for a consultation. Sleep apnea is something that should not be ignored and the proper treatment should be taken. Respire Medical sleep appliances are a great alternative to CPAP that will leave you with a better nights sleep and have you waking up feeling refreshed.