Sleep Apnea and Its Treatment

Does your spouse complain about you snoring during the night? Do you wake up in the middle of the night while feeling shortage of breath? Do you feel exhausted during the day and also feel that you didn’t sleep well during the night? If you have some or all of these symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that many people suffer from these symptoms; and also that there are some solutions to this problem. The purpose of writing this article is to let you know what sleep apnea is and what solutions you can go for if you have this condition. It will surely help you identify your specific issue and let you expect what could happen during the treatment.

Sleep apnea and your health

You need to sleep well if you want to maintain your good health. Now, you may think snoring as no big deal but it is actually the process of obstruction of breath during sleep. It may also be the sign that you are suffering from sleep apnea. Here, you have to keep in mind that occasional snoring doesn’t mean that you are suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition which involves expansion of soft tissues in the throat WHENEVER you sleep. These tissues become relaxed during the process. The expansion can cause obstruction of airflow. As a result, brain sends the signals to the breathing system for a push in the breathing process. As a result, a sound of snoring generates from the throat as the soft tissues are still not allowing smooth airflow. Since you are not fully sleeping due to this process, the quality of sleep may be the most vulnerable victim in this regard. The matter of fact is that sleep apnea may cause some health problems. Experts have been able to find a link between sleep apnea and heart diseases.

Solution for sleep apnea

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you have to visit your dentist as soon as you can. After all, good night sleep should not be sacrificed due to any reason. Having that said, a few treatment options are worth mentioning in this context.

  • One of the methods is to use the CPAP machine. This machine comes with a face mask which you will need to wear on your nose and mouth during sleep. The machine generates continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) in order to keep the airflow in the throat unobstructed. While it may seem difficult to sleep with a bulky face mask on, it is just a matter of instilling this habit. After that, you will surely find no problem in sleeping this way.
  • Another way is to use Oral Appliance Therapy. If you don’t want to use a bulky machine to give you the pressure in airflow, you can go for this device. This device tends to keep the upper jaw in forward position, avoiding obstruction in the throat area.

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