Obstructive sleep apnea is a treatable disorder that affects millions of individuals every day. It is a chronic condition that allows your throat muscles to relax while you are asleep. It blocks your airway and pausing your breathing. Frequent pauses in breathing can lower the oxygen level in the blood and cause you to wake up many times in one night. Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring, gasping and choking while the sufferer is asleep. The disorder occurs more in men, but can affect women too. The risk also increases with being overweight, having a narrow airway or a misaligned jaw.
- Obstructive – This is the most common form of the disorder. In this apnea occurs due to the relaxing of the throat muscles when the patient is asleep.
- Central – It happens when the brain does not send signals to muscles that control the breathing.
- Complex – It occurs when a patient suffers from both control and obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleeping can affect your daily life in a myriad of ways; from drowsiness to fatigue, sleep disorders can be harmful if left untreated.
Get restful sleep with Oral Appliance Therapy
Sleep apnea is corrected through an oral appliance that is worn while you are asleep and ensures your airway remains open. Once your doctor has diagnosed you with sleep apnea and recommended an oral appliance for treatment, you can visit Dr. Jeevan DDS to get treated by qualified dentists. There are many types of oral appliances that you can opt for and your dentist will take you through them so you can make the choice that is best for you.
Don’t let sleep apnea affect your life more than it already has. Make an appointment at our office today to get fitted with an oral appliance that can change your life.