How Oral Sleep Appliances Help Treat Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea has become one of the most common worries amongst men and women across the Unites States. Commonly associated with snoring and breathing issues, obstructive sleep apnea is a debilitating condition, in which an individual will stop breathing periodically throughout the night. According to Dr. Pinkhasova of Affordable Dental, the top oral sleep appliance dentist in NYC, this can lead to a number of severe health issues and quality of life concerns. Generally, this cessation of breathing throughout the night is caused by some type of physical obstruction within the patients airways. Patients can stop breathing for over 10 seconds at a time – followed by periods of gasping and even choking, the body’s natural physiological response to resume breathing.
As we sleep, our body naturally tones itself down, sending signals throughout the body’s muscles to relax so that our tissue can repair itself, in order to prepare and function during the next day’s activities. Considering this, the muscles and tissue in the mouth do the same thing, and in many cases, especially prevalent in those with excess fatty tissue in the region, this causes the tissue to fall towards the back of our mouths and into the upper airways. Thus blocking the flow of oxygen to our lunges. According to Dr. Pinkhasova, the top oral sleep appliance dentist in Queens, not only does this have a terrible affect on our body and respiratory system, but it keeps our brain partially awake, so that it may continually send signals to keep breathing and get past the obstruction. This prevents us from getting into REM sleep and creates a lack of focus and concentration the next day. In addition to a number of other side effects, including:
· High blood pressure
· Heart arrhythmias
· Heart disease
· Heart attack
· Increased risk of diabetes
· Even death
While Obstructive Sleep Apnea may be one of the most debilitating issues around, as the top oral sleep appliance dentist in Queens, Dr. Pinkhasova recommend patients try to treat such issues using an oral appliance or mouthguard. To begin the process, we will generally recommend patients undergo an overnight sleep study, at a certified sleep study center. During the night, as you sleep, your brainwaves and other vitals will be monitored – this will tell us the severity as well as give us more prospective on your specific sleep apnea issues. The most common form of treatment recommended for such issues is the use of a CPAP mask or device, which provides pressurized air into the respiratory system throughout the night. In addition, Dr. P will also recommend the use of mouthguards, that will help prevent your lower jaw and tongue from slipping back into the mouth and blocking your airways throughout the night. Many individuals prefer the use of such mouthguards to CPAP masks, for a variety of reasons. Some of the main reasons why individuals prefer the use of mouthguards to CPAP masks include:
· Mouthguards are molded to the mouth and are far more comfortable and easily worn than a CPAP mask.
· Less equipment to deal with during the night.
· CPAP patients often experience excessive dry mouth, itching in the nose, and drying out of the sinuses.
For more information on oral mouthguards and other dental appliance for sleep apnea, be sure to contact Affordable Dental today.