What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder which is characterized by interruptions of the normal breathing cycle during periods of sleep. These interruptions can occur sometimes hundreds of times during a night's sleep. Sleep apnea is a common condition affecting over 14 million Americans. Those most commonly affected are obese males over the age of 40 and alcohol users.
However, aleep apnea can affect many other people including women and people of average weight. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause cardiovascular problems, headaches, wieght gain and in severe cases, potential life threatening conditions such as irregular heartbeat, heart attack or stroke.
There are three types of sleep apnea; obstructive sleep apnea, central apnea and mixed apnea. Obstructive apnea oxygen is blocked from getting into the system due to an obstruction in the airway. Central apnea conditions are the brains respiratory control centers are not stimulatingthe lungs properly, and mixed is a combination of both. Obstructive is the most common.
Sleep Apnea an Snoring Treatment
We treat obstructive sleep apnea patients by creating removable oral appliances which are worn by sleep apnea sufferers at night to keep the airway open. Most mild to moderate cases area treated successfully by these appliances without the need for surgery. these appliances ae effective in reducing snoring.