Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Why are Snoring and Sleep Apnea serious health issues?
Both occur when the airway is obstructed – by the tongue or other physical structures in the airway. Snoring is considered social, but can lead to sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is when breathing STOPS.
The consequences of chronic sleep apnea and snoring are numerous when you consider how the body functions and protects itself for survival.
Because there is no oxygen getting to the brain with sleep apnea, blood pressure and pulse elevate and the heart can enlarge. In other parts of the body, changes in chemistry cause activity in the liver, pancreas and kidneys.
Over a long time, serious health problems occur and continue.
All for the lack of oxygen from the lungs while trying to sleep and relax.
How can we help?
A sleep study will determine the level of sleep apnea and the source of obstruction. These can now be done at home and not necessarily in a sleep center.
Sleep physicians generally recommend CPAP, and device that forces air past the obstruction as you sleep. Many people cannot tolerate CPAP for one reason or another. In those cases, when the tongue is determined to be the sources of the obstruction, an oral appliance can be designed that moves the jaw forward and relieves the obstruction.
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For more information on snoring and sleep apnea call our Glastonbury, CT office at (860) 633-6518 today!