Sleep apnea is a common disorder affecting 6%-8% of the population. Sleep apnea occurs when person's breathing is interrupted during sleep by collapsing of the upper airway. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep,sometimes hundreds of times per hour.This means the brain-and the rest of the body-may not get enough oxygen.
SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNEA
Signs that you or your partner may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Excessive sleepiness
- Waking up with dry mouth or sore throat
- Restless or fitful sleep
- Going to the bathroom frequently during the night
- Moddiness, irritability ,or depression
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF SLEEP APNEA?
If left untreated ,sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure , irregular heart beats,and heart attacks
ALTERNATIVES TO CPAP
If you have tried the CPAP and found that it didn't work for you now there is a alternative treatment. In our office, we specialize in the use of oral appliance for successful treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. We can fabricate an oral appliance that is shaped much like boxer's bite guard and is worn in the mouth during the night. Device will prevent the softer tissues from the throat and soft palate from collapsing through over relaxation,and subsequently obstructing the airway.
The Somnomed is comfortable and easy to wear. The appliance uses the smallest amount of material possible, reducing bulkiness in the mouth. It is made up of two separate pieces, which allow you to speak, yawn and drink. This appliance does not limit tongue space which results in a high comfort level. The Somnomed is a highly effective solution, for the majority of patients suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
How it works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmA7GsE7A_8
The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®) is a custom-made adjustable appliance that is worn while sleeping. The trays of the appliance snap over the upper and lower teeth and hook together. The design is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The airway must be opened to allow air to pass through the throat. The TAP® holds the mandible in a forward position so that it does not shift or fall open during the night. This prevents the airway from collapsing. The further protrusive the mandible, the more the airway will open.The TAP® is the only mandibular advancement device that can be adjusted easily while in the mouth. This feature allows patients to be in control of their treatment. The unique design also allows patients to fine-tune their treatment position at home to achieve maximum results. Most patients experience relief the very first night they wear their TAP®. Nine in ten patients wear the device all night, every night - making the TAP® a highly effective solution for both snoring and sleep apnea.
How it works http://airwaylabs.com/video.htm