Snoring can be a sign of a more serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Loud and frequent snoring is a common sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a potentially life threatening condition. If left untreated OSA can increase the risk for serious health problems from congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease to diabetes, obesity, depression and impotence.
The American Sleep Apnea Associates estimates 22 million US adults have obstructive sleep apnea, which causes them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.
Blocked or narrowed airways cause sleep apnea and may be due to large tonsils, a large tongue, or the jaw structure OSA occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat, blocking the upper airway.
OSA can be controlled with appropriate treatment, ASAA estimates that 80 percent of moderate and sever OSA cases remain undiagnosed. A board certified sleep physician will diagnose the level of sleep apnea and treatment recommended.
Treatment options include CPAP which is a machine with a mask that uses forced air. This method is typically used for moderate to severe sleep apnea. At LOSC we treat mild to moderate sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. In contrast to a CPAP machine, an oral appliance is a “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep in order to maintain an open, unobstructed airway.
Patients like the oral appliance because it is easy to wear, comfortable, quiet, easy to care for and portable.
The best place to start is with a consult. Our staff at Lima Oral Sleep Center will guide you step by step through the process. Call us today at 419-224-7667.
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