Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes people to suddenly stop breathing during sleep anywhere from about 10 seconds to more than a minute. This can happen up to hundreds of times a night. Currently, more than 12 to 18 million U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that can increase the risk for serious health problems, including:
- Congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Loud, frequent and habitual snoring
- Breathing during sleep that abruptly stops
Please consult a sleep physician if any of the sleep apnea warning signs are present in your household.
My husband will not admit it or at least not address it but he totally has sleep apnea, it is scary to listen to him sleep sometimes. When he stops breathing then suddenly starts again it can be down right frightening. It was even more scary to hear it in my 3 year old daughter.
She was having a terrible time sleeping and it was causing her to wake up several times in the night which was not good for any one in the house. One day when we were at the doctor, for a completely unrelated issue, she was examined and the doctor got a weird look on his face and asked if she was having difficulty sleeping or breathing when she slept. I had to admit that she was a terrible sleeper and that she snored and made loud noises during the night. He referred us to an ENT and from there she was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and ended up having her tonsils taken out.
For those that have sleep apnea not caused by softball sized tonsils that need to be removed, the usual solution is a Darth Vader type CPAP machine and they only work when users are willing and able to use it continuously. Lets be honest, the are cumbersome and up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP, which ultimately means many people with sleep apnea are opting not to treat this serious disease.
A better alternative is an Oral appliance therapy (OAT) that uses a “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. OAT devices prevent the airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. For many, oral appliance devices are more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. The devices are also quiet, portable and easy to care for. Research suggests that oral appliance therapy often can equal CPAP in effectiveness and offers a higher patient compliance rate than CPAP. There are more than 80 different styles of oral appliance devices that have received FDA clearance.
To learn more about oral appliance therapy and sleep apnea and find a local dentist who offers oral appliance therapy by visiting www.LocalSleepDentist.com.
About the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Established in 1991, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) has more than 3,000 member dentists worldwide and is the only non-profit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine.
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