ABOUT SLEEP APNEA & SNORING.
The short term cessation in breathing is called apnea, and this interruption in the breathing process is usually caused while a person is sleeping.
Sleep apnea causes a noisy breathing that is generally known as snoring.
Lamparski Orthodontics will work with you to understand your apnea and snoring issues, and suggest an appliance to provide relief.
WHAT CAUSES SLEEP APNEA?
Sleep apnea is caused when the muscles of your throat relax, the tongue falls backward and the upper airway becomes narrower, blocking the airflow while sleeping. This obstructed sleep apnea causes the lack of oxygen in blood and alerts the brain causing frequent but brief arousal from sleep in order to reinstate the normal breathing process. The breathing pauses lasts for 10 to 30 seconds and in severe cases it can last to one minute or more.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Although there is no specific age group for apnea, it usually starts at middle age and gets worse with time if not treated. Sleep apnea and snoring may occur in overweight men and women. Children who have large tonsils and adenoids are also at risk.
SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT WITH LAMPARSKI ORTHODONTICS.
Our treatment methods start with a brief review of your family history related to sleep apnea, along with your medical record.
We recommend the appropriate appliance to hold your lower jaw forward while sleeping, opening your airway for better and easier breathing.
In severe cases of sleep apnea, you may need oral devices like a CPAP, or even surgery.