Sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder characterized by breathing pauses or low breaths during sleep at night. These breathing pauses last for a couple of seconds up to sixty seconds. The frequency can be about thirty pauses per hour or even more times a night. Under normal circumstances regular breathing follows this episode, but is usually accompanied by snorting or choking noises. It is a prolonged disorder that disturbs the victim’s deep sleep. The breathing pauses or breathing difficulty causes the person to sleep lightly. The sleep wake cycle is adversely affected which culminates into insomnia and exhaustion during the daytime due to not enough sleep at night. For this reason, a major cause of frequent daytime sleeping are due to this disorder.
Unfortunately, the sleep apnea disease goes mostly unnoticed. Without timely diagnosis, apnea can reduce a person’s life expectancy by many years. Moreover, there is a strong association between sleep apnea and cardiac disease or CVA better known as stroke. Loud snoring is pathognomic to this sleep disorder. In addition, other hallmark signs are insomnia and excessive day time sleeping. Measures should be taken to understand the signs and symptoms of the disease and manage it head on. Otherwise serious repercussions may follow.
Signs and Symptoms.
The signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea are: Headaches at morning time, snoring, exhaustion following night’s sleep, hypertension, insomnia, mood swings, loss of memory, gasping during some late hour at night for getting in air, and thus a largely disturbed every day routine.
How do we fix sleep apnea?
The easiest and simplest way to manage sleep apnea in a patient is through use of a dental device properly designed to manage this sleep disorder. This treatment is commonly called “oral appliance therapy”. In this therapy, a device is fixed in the mouth in a way that it averts the blockage of the airway. No snorting or airway obstruction occurs and the person can breathe smoothly without breaks. The device enables the patient to no longer suffer from insomnia and enjoy a sound sleep.
Oral appliance therapy includes evaluation of the patients sleep pattern. This is followed by evaluation of sleep monitoring device alternatives, and an appropriately designed appliance for managing apnea. Not only is this method convenient to use but also the best substitute for CPAP air machines traditionally in use.
Struggling with restless sleep, snoring problems or potential sleep apnea? If so, we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.