Posted on 11/15/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Sleep apnea is a serious problem. For some it may seem like a minor nuisance. They may blame the fact they are always tired on sleep apnea. People that sleep in the same room may blame the snoring that keeps them up at night on sleep apnea.
Those are the minor problems, but interrupted breathing can cause more serious issues. What people need to know is that it is possible to treat both the minor issues and other problems that sleep apnea causes.
The Basics of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked as you sleep. The blockage is the result of soft tissue moving and covering the airway. The blockage typically lasts a few seconds. While it is not usually a life-threatening occurrence, it does create a myriad of problems to the people who suffer from it.
People who suffer from sleep apnea have a difficult time getting the rest their body needs because of the periods of time they go without oxygen. They also may suffer from snoring, which can affect themselves as well as anyone within earshot. Because of that, it is something worth treating.
What to Do There are several types of treatment for sleep apnea. The most well-known is the CPAP machine. This machine creates a pressure that keeps the airway open. It is a bulky machine and you have to wear a mask. Not everyone is comfortable with these devices.
Another option that many people prefer is the use of a device that you can wear as you sleep. It is possible to get a mouthguard that is custom fit to your teeth that can keep the airway open.
There are also devices that hold the tongue in place, so it does not slip back and block the airway. These devices are more comfortable and easier to use than the machine. They are often just as effective.
To find out what your options are to treat sleep apnea, contact our office to schedule an appointment.