What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a very common sleeping disorder which affects a lot of people worldwide. It can happen in adults as well as children. It is marked by obstruction in breathing while you are sleeping which can happen mainly due to the fact that the air passage through which oxygen reaches your lungs is blocked. It results in shallow breathing due to which you often get up from your sleep to breathe in air and continue the normal flow of breathing. The duration of breaks in your breathing pattern during sleep apnea can range from a couple of seconds to a few minutes. This kind of breaks or pauses can happen up to thirty times in a span of one hour.
Sleep Apnea can be categorized into three sections:
• CSA or central sleep apnea- breathing is paused by a deficiency in respiratory effort.
• OSA or obstructive sleep apnea- breathing is paused by a material blockage to airflow system in spite of the fact that there is no deficiency in respiratory effort. It primarily leads to snoring as well.
• Complex or mixed sleep apnea which is a blend of obstructive and central sleep apnea.
A study from the National Institute of Health shows that approximately 12 million of American Citizens suffer from OSA.
Snoring can also be a significant sign which indicates towards the fact that you have sleep apnea. Especially if your snoring is loud and frequent then you definitely need to get it treated.
Various methods of treatments are available for sleep apnea provided it is diagnosed at first. Mainly sleep apnea goes undiagnosed due to the fact that you will not be aware of it because you will be sleeping. Only a partner or a person who sleeps with you can point out the fact that you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
There are various methods of treatments available for sleep apnea including medical treatments such as
• There are certain set of oral appliances available for treating sleep apnea and they are CPAP or Continuous positive airway pressure device and MAD or Mandibular Advancement Device.
• Surgeries can also help in getting rid of sleep apnea and they can be of different nature likewise- Tonsillectomy, Bariatric surgery, Tracheostomy, Adenoidectomy and soft palate implants.
Apart from this certain lifestyle changes can also assist you in getting rid of sleep apnea and they are
• Losing Weight
• Quit smoking
• Limit alcohol intake
• Avoid taking tranquilizers
In case you want a quick and permanent solution to sleep apnea get in touch with a registered licensed cosmetic dentist for surgeries which will help you get rid of this sleeping disorder. Call Studio Dentistry for a consultation with Dentist, Dr. Rob Strain.
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