What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a common medical disorder that affects more than 18 to 22 million people in America. People with sleep apnea will stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep. These pauses in respiration are often for a minute or longer and as many as hundreds of times during a single night. There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by tissue in the throat and the tongue collapsing over the airway. During sleep muscle tone is greatly reduced.
Central Sleep Apnea is caused by the brain not signaling the body to breath.
Central Apnea is managed by a neurologist. Whereas, obstructive sleep apnea can be treated by your local Pasadena Texas Sleep Apnea Dentists Drs. Nugent and West.
Sleep apnea symptoms
There are numerous sleep apnea symptoms. Some people with obstructive sleep apnea gripe that they wake up with a very sore and/or dry throat. Many people wake up with a choking, gasping and feelings of drowning. Furthermore, some people wake themselves up with their own snoring.
Other OSA symptoms include:
- Your bed partner may notice repeated silences from your side of the bed.
- Very loud snoring and sounds.
- Choking, gasping and gagging while you sleep to get air into the lungs.
- Daytime sleepiness including falling asleep at inappropriate times (while driving or at work).
- Rapid weight gain.
- Forgetfulness, memory loss and having difficulties learning.
- Sleep apnea cures
- Waking up sweating during the night
- Headaches upon awakening in the morning.
Do you have OSA and were prescribed a CPAP machine? Do you hate your CPAP? Have you tried to wear the CPAP but are intolerant? If you answered yes let our Pasadena Sleep Apnea Office show you how Dental Oral Appliances are helping people with sleep apnea.
Mandibular Advancement Device:
These dentist made oral appliances help lessen the effects of sleep apnea. They do it by pulling the lower jaw downward and forward. This motion opens up the airway and keeps the tongue and throat muscles from occluding the airway.
Medical insurance covers oral appliances for sleep apnea. Call our office at 832-487-0647 to schedule an appointment. Let us help you discover life without a CPAP machine.