What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common and potentially serious sleep disorder that causes your breathing to become shallow or completely stop while you are sleeping. This pause in breathing can last around 10 seconds or longer and can occur 30 times or more within an hour. Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Gasping for air
- Interruptions in breathing
- Loud snoring
- Trouble staying asleep
This condition often goes undiagnosed since many symptoms occur while you are sleeping. Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to other health issues, such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic tiredness
- Hearing loss
If you suspect you may be experiencing some of these symptoms, click here to book a free sleep consultation!
Types of Treatment
There are various treatment options to consider, and as technology continues to evolve, there is more every day. The most popular options are Positive Airway Pressure Devices and oral appliances.Positive Airway Pressure (or CPAP for short) machines are the most widely used type of treatment. A mask is worn snugly over the nose or the mouth while sleeping and supplies pressurized air continuously or intermittently through your airways and into your lungs. This increased air pressure prevents your airways from collapsing and allows you to breathe and sleep better.Oral appliances have increased in popularity as the first line of treatment for sleep apnea. They are worn in the mouth while you sleep, similar to a mouthguard. The purpose of the appliance is to hold the lower jaw forward enough to keep your airway open and prevent the soft tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway.
Marx Sleep Center Can Help You Find the Treatment That’s Right for You!
Sleep apnea is a frustrating and exhausting condition that affects about 1 in 15 people. Many go undiagnosed their whole lives. We started Marx Sleep Center to help those suffering from sleep disorders to start living a happy, well-rested life.Call us today to schedule your free consultation, 816-287-2912!