Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. It’s related to interrupted sleep due to loss of breath during sleeping. As a consequence, people wake up several times during the night and start feeling tired throughout the day. Most don’t realize why they’re waking up so frequently and it’s usually pointed out by a loved one.
The most common type of sleep apnea, which is called obstructive sleep apnea, is generally associated with snoring, grunting, and even gasping as the airway becomes blocked.
Since it's very difficult to find out if you have sleep apnea on your own, your disturbed sleep and other symptoms are mostly observed by your partner. The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
If left untreated it can result in a variety of serious issues including death. The conventional remedy for sleep apnea is a C-PAP machine which forces air continuously into the airway, helping them breathe throughout the night. It is loud, bulky and uncomfortable.
Thanks to dental procedures, you no longer have to go through the discomforts caused by the C-PAP machine. Dentists now use a dental appliance that positions your jaw in such a way that your airways stay opened during the sleep. This appliance prevents the tongue from falling back and blocking the airway which normally happens with sleep apnea. These appliances help you breathe normally throughout the night and maintain an open airway, preventing disturbed sleep.
Dental appliances are ideal for patients of sleep apnea, as they are light and comfortable to wear, easy to travel with and are the best solution if your sleep apnea is mild to moderate.
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