Tired of Snoring?
Snoring is horrible. It can be your husband, wife, bed partner or a friend. Everyone knows someone who snores. Snoring is not only very disruptive, but it can be a sign of a serious medical disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Dr. Nugent what is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person has one or more breathing interruptions or blockages during sleep.
In Obstructive Sleep Apnea the throat can close. This leads to a stopage of breathing. Apnea is defined as “a cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds.” People with sleep apnea stop breathing while they sleep. This cessation of breathing can happen hundreds of times a night and can sometimes last for a minute or longer. It is estimated sleep apnea affects 25 million Americans of all ages.
Dr. Nugent what are the signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
A person with OSA will snore heavily and then stop breathing. Frequently, the bed partner will observe that the person struggles to breathe. It is these periods breathing stoppage that are followed by rapid attempts to breathe. The rapid breathing attempts can sound like the person is gasping or choking. People with OSA will somewhat awaken leading to uneven, non-refreshing sleep. This causes unnecessary daytime sleepiness. The lack of breathing also causes the oxygen level in the blood stream to fall, leading to multiple medical problems.
Symptoms of sleep apnea: Loud snoring, Choking and gasping during sleep, Memory loss , Hypertension, High blood pressure, Stroke, Coronary heart disease ,Daytime sleepiness, Depression, Drowsy driving
Some easy treatment options for OSA: Sleep on your stomach or side and not on your back, weight loss if necessary, and regular exercise.
Medical Doctors have prescribed Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): This is large cumbersome machine that generates positive pressure from a ventilator to keep the airway open.
Who wants a big bulky ventilator at the side of their bed? Dr. Nugent can make you an oral appliance that is worn at night. The appliance gently pulls your lower jaw forward keeping the airway open.
If you think you are suffering from sleep apnea, talk with Dr. Nugent. He will discuss sleep apnea and show you how a simple oral appliance can help you get a good nights sleep.