Treating Sleep Apnea From The Core Using Simple Methods
Snoring while sleeping is a common problem these days. The main difference between sleep apnea and snoring is that in sleep apnea a person will actually stop breathing while asleep for a short period of time. When this happens, the amount of oxygen needed by the brain and our body drops dramatically and, as a result, our brain then goes into a panic mode and wakes us up. At that point we take a deep breath and fall back to sleep. These can occur numerous times through out the night, resulting in waking up unrested.
There are many variations of sleep apnea, but the main two categories are:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep and air is blocked from entering our lungs.
Central Sleep Apnea – Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.
Risk factors for sleep apnea
Overweight male over the age of 40
Large neck size of 17 inches or more
Very large tonsils and/or large tongue
Family history of sleep apnea
Deviated septum, allergies, sinus problems
Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
Untreated sleep apnea can cause:
Severe lethargy and tiredness
High blood pressure
Heart issues including heart failure, arrhythmia, heart attack
Worsening of ADHD
Perfect treatment for you:
At NYDental, Dr. Roksar will exam and evaluate your condition. For common snoring or mild sleep apnea, a simple treatment of a night guard can help reduce the snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Roksar will offer options on which night-guard will work for you.