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Snoring Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA     Do you snore


In September 1995 the American Sleep Disorder Association (ASDA) endorsed oral appliance therapy as the third currently acceptable treatment modality for snoring and sleep apnea. The two most common solutions include continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) or the removal of either the excess palatal tissue or the uvula.

It has been estimated that 60% of men and 40% of women between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age snore. Snoring occurs when there is a partial obstruction of the airway which causes the palatal tissues to vibrate. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway is completely blocked for certain periods of time.

When you are awake, the muscles of the throat keep the airway open to allow air flow to the lungs. But when you fall asleep, these muscles relax and in some people, collapse closing the airway.The nasopharynx and the oropharynx are the most common places for collapse to occur during sleep apnea.

As many as 20 million people in North America may have sleep apnea. Snoring is a social problem, particularly for the spouse, but obstructive sleep apnea poses a significant health risk for the patient in that it can lead to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

  1.  Loud snoring followed by cessation of breathing
  2.  Gasping and choking during sleep
  3. Other symptoms include
  4. Excessive daytime sleepiness
  5. Drowsy driving
  6. Awakening feeling not rested in the morning
  7. A sour taste in the mouth in the morning
  8. Morning headaches
  9. Weight gain
  10. Limited attention
  11. Memory loss
    Medical complications of  sleep apnea
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Failure
  • Coronary occlusion
  • High blood pressure
  • High beat irregularity
  • Stroke (and an increased risk f death in patients who have had a stroke)
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Mental impairment
  • Increased risk of sudden cardiac death during sleep hours


 

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