Have you been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
A simple question is for patients to ask their bed partner if they snore loudly or if they stop breathing repeatedly during the night.
Snoring is a sound created by the collapse of the soft tissue structures of the upper airway. As air passes the constricted airway vibration occur and this is the classic snoring sound. It happens while you sleep. Snoring can undesirably affect yours and bed partner’s sleep. Snoring is also a larger red-flag for a much greater problem: Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition. OSA occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse and completely block the airway. There is a stoppage of breathing and oxygen levels in the blood drop. Sleep apnea can cause chronic sleepiness, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, heartburn, depression, morning headaches and impotence.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliance by Dr. Nugent
To combat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Nugent can fabricate a mandibular advancement device. This oral appliance brings the lower jaw downward and forward opening up the airway. It also prevents the tissues of the upper airway from vibrating as air passes over them, which is the major cause of snoring.
This appliance is very comfortable and easy to wear because it is custom-made to fit your mouth and it does not impinge on your tongue. You can open and close your mouth normally as the appliance does not lock or fix your jaws together. It is much easier to wear than a CPAP machine.
It’s time to get a good nights sleep. Call our office at 832-487-0647 today or come by 3421 Burke Rd #1, Pasadena, Texas 77504.