Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, which occurs when a person’s airway closes and prevents them from taking a breath for at least 10 seconds.
Why Sleep apnea is a concern?
The lack of oxygen your body receives can have negative long-term consequences for your health. This includes:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Pre-diabetes and diabetes
How to treat sleep apnea
There are a few options, and some are more pleasant than others. Some patients endure surgeries to try to open the airway more, but it can be a very painful experience that is not only costly, dangerous, and unpleasant, but they have limited success as well. Fortunately, there are also less invasive ways to treat it, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. These are typically considered the gold standard, but the problem is patient tolerance and compliance. The reason most folks don’t love their CPAP is that the majority of them are bulky, uncomfortable facemask. Luckily, there’s an alternative that most people do quite well with, which is an oral appliance. A sleep apnea oral appliance is similar to night guards worn for clenching and grinding, and most patients find that they’re not only surprisingly comfortable but also effective. If you think you, or someone you know, may be suffering from sleep apnea or heavy snoring, call to schedule a consult with an Go Smiles Dentist to discuss your options.