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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

obstructive-sleep-apneaThe importance of a quality night rest cannot be overemphasized as it plays a vital role in ensuring optimum performance in our daily activities. However, many of us find it difficult to sleep correctly as a result of sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) we experience personally or from our partners.

SRBD occurs when there is a frequent obstruction in respiratory airflow resulting from the relaxation of soft tissues behind the throat, which interferes with the moving air in the windpipe. In some cases, tissues such as the tongue vibrate while this occurs, and this results in snoring.

The situation becomes more prominent when you adopt a sleeping position that allows you to sleep on your back. It causes the jaw to push the tongue closer to the windpipe.

Snoring out loud while asleep can constitute a nuisance to people around the victim, while the consistent snoring can be linked to a condition we refer to “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” (OSA). Of course, this condition can pose a threat to health because it results in a reduced supply of oxygen to the lungs.

A victim of this condition will wake multiple times within an hour, and he or she would not be aware of it. We call this ‘micro-arousal,’ and it occurs because the body needs to return the airway to its normal state so that the victim can have proper breathing. However, these micro-arousals adversely affect the quality of sleep 

What Are The Symptoms of OSA?

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OSA is a severe condition that can result in heart and respiratory issues. You will suspect OSA whenever you consistently snore, and also, experience any of these symptoms below:

  • Feeling excessively tired during the day
  • Disorganized memory
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches in the early hours of the morning
  • Excess weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Easily irritated

So, How Does a Dentist Come Into Play?

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I am sure you must have been trying to relate the relationship between dentistry and a probable respiratory condition. However, dental therapy known as “Oral Appliance Therapy” is used to cure cases of Obstructive sleep apnea.

It works by using an oral device to adjust the jaw such that it does not push the tongue towards the back of the throat whenever you sleep.  Studies have proved the effectiveness of this therapy. Scientist generally advises patients to implore the oral appliance therapy at first, rather than using a more complicated surgical approach of reducing the number of tissues at the back of the throat.

Therefore, it only takes the expertise of a dentist to utilize Oral Appliance Therapy to cure sleep-related breathing problems effectively. Consequently, you need to consult the dentist if you encounter any of these problems while sleeping. You can also refer your colleagues, friends, or relatives that experience such condition to see the dentist for a professional solution

Are you experiencing Sleep Apnea? Don’t let it affect your life any longer, contact us today for a consultation.

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