Do you suffer from having a sound sleep at night? Are you often tired through the day in spite of having a long eight hours of sleep? It is time to have a dental check-up to assess your oral cavity. You might be a victim of mild to moderate level of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that partly or completely blocks the upper airway. This condition adds extra pressure to the chest and diaphragm muscles to pull air into the lungs. The patient may resume breathing with a loud snort or jerk to the body while asleep. Sleep apnea could also reduce the amount of blood-oxygen level leading to irregular heart rhythms.
What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?
Symptoms of sleep apnea are often hard to recognize and tend to. Listed are common warning signs of sleep apnea.
- Feeling drowsy throughout the day
- Experiencing dryness or sore throat as you wake up
- Severe snoring
- Waking up in the middle of the night gasping or choking
- Teeth grinding
- Absence of breathing, learning or behavioral disorders (mostly in children)
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Proceeding with treatment for your case of obstructive sleep apnea would depend on its severity. Mild levels of sleep apnea can be treated and normal breathing can be restored if diagnosed earlier. However, moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea would require treatment by using oral appliances.
Sleep apnea therapy that uses oral appliances involves wearing removable devices in the patient's mouth while sleeping. The device can be custom-made and would fit more like an orthodontic retainer in your mouth.
Oral appliances work by preventing the airway from collapsing by holding the tongue and supporting the jaw.
Types of oral appliances
Obstructive sleep apnea can be treated by using a variety of oral appliances that come under one of the two:
- Mandibular Repositioning Devices - The mandibular repositioning oral appliance helps reposition the lower jawbone by moving it slightly forward and down to keep the airway open while the patient sleeps.
- Tongue Retaining Devices - Such oral devices helps to hold your tongue in place. This helps open the airway to let the air flow.
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