February 14, 2017
Who snores in your household? Is it you? Could this be something more than simple snoring? Sleep apnea in Fremont, a common sleep disorder affecting more than 18 million adults in the United States, could be the cause of the nocturnal noise. The National Sleep Foundation says that sleep apnea, which disrupts rest and robs the brain of oxygen, requires professional treatment. Dr. James Block, dentist in Fremont, agrees and offers sleep apnea therapies so you rest and your health improves.
The Symptoms and Causes of Sleep Apnea
There are two kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive (OSA) and central (CSA). OSA is the more common of the two and comes from the collapse of the soft tissues at the back of the throat. The collapse results in airway blockage, loud snoring and episodes of breathing cessation, or apnea. Typically, sufferers startle awake repeatedly through the night.
CSA is a neurological problem in which the respiratory system does not receive a signal from the brain to take a breath. When patients exhibit symptoms of both OSA and CSA, the condition is called Mixed Sleep Apnea.
Sleep apnea happens to people of all ages and walks of life, but especially to:
- Men over the age of 40 (but kids and women can have sleep apnea, too)
- Individuals who are obese and/or have a large neck circumference (larger than 17 inches in men and 16 inches in women)
- People who have narrow airways or large tonsils and adenoids
The Risks of Sleep Apnea
This sleep disorder is linked to many systemic health issues and, of course, interpersonal problems, too. The health problems include:
- Memory and concentration issues
- Irritability and depression
- Daytime sleepiness and insomnia
- Chronic fatigue and headaches
- Increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and heart failure
In other words, sleep apnea can be dangerous and needs evaluation by the primary care physician. He or she may refer the individual to a sleep clinic for specialized at-home or in-office testing.
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
If you would like to stop snoring and avoid related health problems, see your personal physician. He or she may refer you to James Block Dentistry where Dr. Block can evaluate you for an intraoral sleep apnea appliance.While some patients need CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines which effectively keep their airways open as they sleep, others do well with acrylic oral appliances custom-made by specially trained sleep dentists.
A great alternative to sometimes claustrophobic CPAP masks and noisy bedside machines, a sleep apnea appliance holds the lower jaw in a more forward position, opening the airway and allowing free flow of oxygen. Snoring and other symptoms recede. Many sleep apnea patients find this kind of therapy more tolerable than CPAP, too.
Dr. Block features the Micr02 Sleep and Snore Device. Comfortable, well-fitting and durable, this oral appliance keeps your airway unobstructed as you sleep. Also, it maximizes room for the tongue. The MicrO2 Device is precisely crafted with modern CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) technology. So, you know it will fit your mouth perfectly.
Stop Snoring – Save Your Health
Speak with your physician, and contact James Block Dentistry for a personal evaluation. You can stop snoring and improve your overall health!
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