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Sleep Apnea and Snoring Prevention

Sleep Apnea

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Are you sleepy all throught your day with no specific explanation? Has your bed patner complained about your snoring or you wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If your answer to all of these symptoms are yes, then you may be one of more than twelve-million Americans who are suffering from sleep apnea.

What defines sleep apnea condition?

Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, this results in the shortage of oxygen that sends signal to your brain, which for a short period wakes you up to let you breath properly. Since the time spent awake is so little, most people suffering from sleep apnea don't even remember that they were abruptly woken up at night, and many feel like they are getting a good sleep, when the fact is that their sleep is disturbed many times. The continous wake and sleep process cycle can be a hindrance to those with sleep apnea from getting a good deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Below mentioned are the few symptoms of sleep apnea

  • Sleeplessness or Difficulty in sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Sudden wakening at night with shortness for breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night
  • Waking up with headaches
  • Feeling sdrowsy during the day

Different Categories of sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea is categorised into 3 types, there are:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This most common type and occurs due to a physical obstruction, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): This is less common and in this you stop breathing because the muscles associatedare not able to receive the proper signal from the brain.
  3. "Mixed" or "Complex" Sleep Apnea: This is a combination of the both the above 2 mentioned categories

What are the risk factors associated with sleep apnea?

According to studies conducted it is observed that obstructive sleep apnea is more common in males incomparison to females, and also more common in older adults (40+) than younger adults and smaller kids. Nevertheless, anyone - regardless of the statics or studies undertaken can be suscpected to sleep apnea. Other risk factors that promote sleep apnea is: being overweight, smoking, drinking, and also family history can play a role. Central sleep apnea strikes most often in people suffering with heart problems, strokes, or brain tumors. It is also more common in males.

Is sleep apnea dangerous?

If left untreated Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem which can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart failure and stroke. The current state of tiredness caused by sleep apnea can lead to concentration problems at work or school, as well as it can be quite dangerous while driving or operating heavy machinery. Sleep apnea also cause problems while taking medication or undergoing a surgery; sedation given by anesthesia can be as risky, as sleeping straight in bed after an operation. If you know or suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, Inform your doctor before undergoing any surgery or taking any prescribed medicines

sleep apnea - Treament procedure?

Treatments for sleep apnea depend on the seriousness of each individual case, and the type of apnea. A basic case of sleep apnea can be treated by behavorial changes to your lifestyle like the patients maybe instructed to lose their weight, quit smoking, or sleep on their sides instead of on their backs. Apart from that, oral devices can be used to help prevents throat blockage. In more complex cases, surgery may be suggested by your dentist as an option.

What should you do if you know that someone in your family has sleep apnea?

Visit our dental practice, and we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist. The specialist may suggest to undergo a "sleep study" to evaluate the severity of the problem, and can prescribe appropriate treatment. Depending on the severity of the sleep apnea, treatment procedures may include an oral device that we can custom-create for you.

Sleep Appliances

There are many types of sleep appliances that are specially designed to move the jaw slightly ahead and keep the airway open during sleep. Our team takes impressions of patients’ teeth and gets the appliance designed. The appliances ensure that patients get proper sleep and are free from risk of other general health problems. To know more about the various types of oral health appliances click on the link below.

http://www.snoringisntsexy.com/sleep-dentist/lily-eng-dds/dental-sleep-solution/oral-appliances-for-sleep-apnea


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Snoring Prevention

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How can you overcome snoring?

While snoring may seem like a harmless problem for many people, chronic snoring problem can also be a sign to indicate some major health complications. According to a survey it is estimated that over 80 million people residing in North America tend to snore while sleeping, which not only affects the quality of sleep that the individual, but also their bed patners. Luckily, there is a way in which you can cure persistent snoring problem.

What causes snoring?

Snoring can be based on various factors. Generally, you smore as result to relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth, making the air passage thinner. This decrease in space makes it harder for the for each breath to get through, and when your breath does get through it moves over the muscles and soft tissues causing a vibration which results in your snore sound. Some of the other general reasons for snoring may include:

  • If you are overweight
  • Regular Alcohol consumption
  • Certain sleep aides or medications
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Mandibular Advancement Device - How can it help?

If you or your loved ones are frequent snorers then mandibular advancement device (MAD) can be used as an ideal solution for better night’s sleep! MAD is a dental device that is specially designed to be worn by the snorer during their sleep time this gently maintain your lower jaw, in an outward position, increasing the space between the airway passage, helping the snorer to breathe better and get a full, quiet night’s sleep.

MAD are generally made of plastic devices and helps to keep the soft tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway passage. They achieve this by getting your lower jaw forward or by lifting up your soft tissues. Some advanced device can also help to prevent your tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Your dentist will be able to better analyze your condition and will help you fit these special devices.

Are these MAD comfortable to use?

YES! A mandibular advancement is devised keeping in mind the comfort of the user so that they can sleep without even noticing that they have in their mouth. It will not stop you from breathing with your mouth open and will even block snore sounds from the patients with sinus congestion or any sort of allergies. You may, however, feel some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, you will experience this stiffness is only for a little while, and will fade away after waking up and removing the device.

To Know more details on Mandibular Advancement Device visit our practice and schedule an appointment for a consultation. A better night’s sleep starts here!

Testimonials

I found out about Dr. Eng while searching for a new dentist in general but also for someone knowledgable about dental appliances for sleep apnea. My last dentist had palmed me off on a 20-something year old assistant who seemed to not know how to take the molds and the dentist was uninterested in resolving the fit problems. Dr. Eng, on the other hand, is a complete joy to work with in every way. She is very pleasant, extremely knowledgable, really listens, takes her time and cares about doing quality work. Superb dentist.

J G.

Dr. End and the other dentist were very nice and professional. Dr. Eng explained a lot of things to me and helped advised me and another dentist did my cleaning. I had a great experience coming here as the dentist who did my cleaning did a great job. For years I thought I thought my teeth was a bit dirty as my previous dentist did not do a thorough job and the cleaning dentist explained that "oh its just stains". They did not half ass the cleaning like my previous dentist and I felt much more comfortable about myself afterwards. I highly recommend them as they know what they are doing and everyone is very nice.

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