Sleep Apnea – Gramercy Park
Research has shown that we will spend roughly one third of our lives sleeping, and this presents many issues for those suffering from Sleep Apnea. We all know that there are very severe and negative consequences to either poor sleep, quality or even a lack of sleep. Sleep hours are meant to help our bodies refresh physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Snoring will occur anytime when negative pressure in the airway because that causes the breathing tubes to get very close together. This closeness and increased air pressure is what causes the breathing tubes to vibrate and that creating the snoring sound. Many people believe that snoring is related with deep restful sleep. Actually, it is the opposite of that. Each time that someone snores, it is causing a slight arousal in their sleep pattern. These arousals prevent the body from maintaining any type of rejuvenating sleep.
A cessation of breath is known as apnea. Instead of just snoring, the air passages actually get pulled completely together and in close proximity by the air pressure being used to breathe. The body jolts itself back to consciousness, relaxes the airway, and gasps for breath when this is happening. Since a person experiencing this is not getting any rejuvenating sleep patterns, they are waking up feeling refreshed and tired. There are negative effects from this such as an increase in heart failure, short term memory loss, sleepiness, fatigue, and headaches.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Sleep apnea treatment’s gold standard is the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. This device that is placed at the side of the bed, a mask is placed over the nose, and a small air compressor forces air into your lungs throughout the night. Although this machine has clinical success of 99%, most patients don’t like or use it. Some patient’s feel claustrophobic, some don’t like to travel with it, and some don’t like the noise.
There are surgical options if a patient doesn’t want the CPAP machine. These usually involve cutting out large portions of the soft tissue in the back of your mouth. Although it is painful, the initial success of these procedures is good. The problem is that the majority of patients have a relapse to the initial state within a few years of the surgery.
There is a device that brings the lower jaw forward with a retainer-like appliance that is worn each night as you sleep. This helps to maintain an open airway. This repositioning of the jaw actually lifts the base of tongue off of the airway and then sends it away from the posterior nasal passages. There are hundreds and hundreds of sleep devices on the market today. Some can be purchased at a drugstore but most are actually made by a dental lab. Call Artista Dental Studio for more information on Sleep Apnea and treatment options available to you.