Custom Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Snoring is common, but despite the noise it causes, not many people consider it a serious condition, and often it isn’t. However, over time, chronic snorers can experience an increased risk of health issues. They may also be suffering from a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients with OSA may not realize they have this condition. Yet, lack of awareness can exacerbate the risks that the disorder may place on their overall health. Snoring is a definitive symptom of OSA, but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. The patterns of snoring associated with OSA are distinct, and are caused by your airway gradually closing due to over-relaxed, or over-sized, oral tissues. The obstruction can cause patients to stop breathing for up to ten seconds or more, and the pattern can repeat itself up to hundreds of times a night.
To accurately diagnose OSA, we may recommend that you visit a sleep specialist to undergo an overnight sleep assessment. The assessment will reveal details of your sleeping and breathing patterns, and can help experts determine with certainty whether or not you exhibit obstructive sleep apnea. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, then your sleep expert might recommend treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. However, an oral sleep appliance may be a possible treatment option designed to keep your airway open and clear while you sleep. The appliance is similar to a mouth guard, and is significantly more manageable than the cumbersome CPAP machine.