What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a potentially dangerous condition when a patient repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. This results in your brain and the rest of your body not getting enough oxygen during sleep. A person can feel unrested when waking up in the morning or drowsy by mid afternoon, from not getting good quality sleep.
Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. It is more common in men then woman.
There are two types of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is when the muscles at the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea is when the brain fails to properly control breathing during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the more common form.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea?
C PAP machine vs Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance
Which treatment is right?
C PAP machines, are continuous positive pressure devices. A CPAP consist of a face mask the is worn during sleep and it is attached to a unit that delivers continuous positive pressure air. This stimulates opening of the airway and more efficient breathing during sleep.
A Sleep Apnea Appliance ( Snore Guard )
A “Snore Guard” is a oral appliance that is worn during sleep. It gently holds a patients teeth apart and nudges the lower jaw foreword. Which stimulated the airway to be open. This often times eliminates snoring and allows for better sleep.
Snore Guards are a good option for a patient who has mild to moderate sleep apnea and does not want to use or is not able to use a C Pap Machine. It can decrease and often eliminate snoring.