Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Treatments
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Sleep Apnea is the most serious type of snoring disorder that can have detrimental affects on a person’s overall health. The word “apnea” means temporary cessation of breathing, and from this meaning we can derive what Sleep Apnea is:
What is Sleep Apnea?
The condition is evident in people whose breathing stops or slows down considerably during sleep. The cessation in breathing can occur 5 or more times every hour, and the affected individual will often experience a break in deep sleep to regain his/her breath. This continuous breakage in deep sleep causes the individual to not receive the restorative sleep that is required to function optimally during the day.
The resultant affect is a reduction in oxygen to the blood stream and the brain. And this variable is what makes the condition a serious one.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea the most popular type of Sleep disorder that the condition is characterized by loud snoring which is caused by relaxation of the muscles and tissues in the throat, enlarged tonsils, or the overall anatomy of the mouth may induce the condition.
Central Sleep Apnea is a condition that is a result of problems with the central nervous system. The brain tends to not send the signals to the muscles in the throat that control breathing, and this is what triggers the cessation in breathing. Unlike obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea is not characterized by snoring.
Complex Sleep Apnea involves a combination of Central and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. For the purpose of this article we will only discuss the more common type of apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
The signs of the condition are only apparent while you are sleep, and as a result a general examination cannot reveal the problem. It is usually a sleep partner who will be able to establish whether or not you have the disorder.
Excessively load snoring is one of the symptoms associated with the condition and constant breathing obstructions followed by loud gasps for air is also another clear sign.
For the individual who might be suffering with the problem: he/she will feel excessively tired, drained, unable concentrate and he/she might even fall off to sleep during the day. These are signs that the individual isn’t receiving restorative sleep and this factor can be attributed to OSA.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Treatment for this sleep disorder varies according to the severity of the condition. For a milder case, a specialist might ask you too take a few practical measures to improve the disorder. Steps like losing weight, giving up alcohol, quitting smoking, and living a healthier overall lifestyle will be the first phase of treatment.
Dental or oral devices will be prescribed for a more moderate to serious from of Sleep Apnea. A dentist will be best positioned to advise you on what sort of stop snoring oral device you should use. Some of the devices on the market help reposition the jaw and others apply pressure to the tongue to open airways.
One of the most effective forms of treatment for serious cases of Sleep Apnea involves the use of a CPAP Machine. This machine when strapped to the nose via a mask blows pressure into the airways to help open the airways and prevents them from closing. The CPAP machines available are becoming extremely advanced and the effectiveness of this form of treatment is exemplary.
Apnea sufferers who use the machine tend to experience a level of discomfort at first, but it does become more bearable over time.
The last and most extreme level of treatment for sleep apnea involves stop snoring surgery. Stop snoring surgery looks to correct any abnormalities in the mouth anatomy, a form of surgery also exists where tissue is removed from the throat area to open airways and there is even implants that are inserted into the soft palate to harden the area which reduces vibrations when breathing.