Treatment of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common, severe sleep disorder. Patients suffering from sleep apnea suffer from breathing problems while sleeping. Their breathing is abrupt and repeatedly stops and starts and they find themselves gasping for breath throughout the night. The irregular breathing pattern lowers the oxygen level in blood and leads to serious health issues, including cardiovascular problems, ADHD, and depression. Sleep apnea is of the following three types:
Obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea. Obesity or excess weight is the leading causes of OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles present in the back of the throat relax and the airway narrows while
breathing. Due to this, patients cannot get enough air while breathing; as a result, their blood-oxygen-level drops. The lowering of blood-oxygen-level triggers the brain to briefly awaken the patient from sleep. This is repeated 5-30 times each hour, every night, impairing the patient’s ability to attain a night of deep, restful sleep.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is generally characterized by its most common symptom, snoring. Nevertheless, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud and persistent snoring.
- Multiple pauses in breathing.
- Choking, gasping, or snorting sounds while breathing.
- Waking up with a dry throat almost every day.
- Daytime sleepiness accompanied by fatigue.
- Reduction in cognitive skills.
- Morning headaches and body pain.
- Frequent visits to the bathroom during the night.
- Reduction in sexual desires.
How do we treat sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common, yet serious problem. If left untreated, it leads to a reduction of cognitive ability, depression, cardiovascular diseases, and stroke. The different methods of treating sleep apnea include:
The oral appliances used to treat sleep apnea are custom-designed mouthpieces that enlarge the airway and provide for proper, regular breathing. They are of the following two types.
Mandibular repositioning mouthpieces: These devices cover the upper and lower dental arches and hold the jaw in position, preventing it from obstructing the upper airway.
Solea Sleep is a simple, low-power application that provides rapid relief by tightening the soft palate and reducing vibrations that cause patients to snore. Unlike other leaser sleep treatments that require 3-4 treatments, Solea Sleep is a single, non-surgical treatment that takes 5 minutes to administer. Treating snoring has never been easier!
“no child should snore”
AIRWAY TREATMENT IN CHILDREN SRBD (Sleep Apnea)
A constricted airway can severely impact the growth and development of a child and should be considered when evaluating a child’s overall health. Dr. Bollwinkel uses (3D cone beam x-ray) to take a CT scan and evaluate the airway of every patient. This can often prevent obstructive sleep apnea and improve overall health of a child.
Snoring among children is a common thing with potentially serious consequences. “Snoring is not normal. No Child Should Snore,” David Gozal, MD Sleep specialist
Sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD), is a silent health crisis, impacting 50-70 million Americans. It is not exclusive to the adult population. Because it’s not as easily recognized in children, it is often left undiagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common SRBD in both children and adults.
The signs and symptoms of SRBD are many but if a child has any of the following symptoms, it may indicate an airway problem and warrant immediate attention by an Airway focused Dentist:
– Snoring at night
– Clenching/Grinding their teeth
– Open mouth breathing
– Sleeping with their mouth open
– Bed wetting
– Excessive daytime sleepiness or hyperactivity
– Diagnosis of ADHD/ADD – Crowded teeth