Obstructive Sleep Apnea is Very Common – Faircourt Dental Smile Studio

Obstructive Sleep Apnea also referred to as OSA, is a serious condition that affects millions of people all over the planet. Sadly, some of those affected have no idea they are suffering.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

OSA is a condition that causes a person to stop breathing while sleeping. Some people stop breathing as many as 30 times each hour. People who sleep alone are most likely to be unaware of the condition as the interruptions are so brief they go back to sleep immediately.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the opening to the back of the throat relaxes and closes. Because the airway is so small, people can’t breathe. Once this happens, the brain wakes the person up to continue breathing again.

What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

While nothing is certain, some risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Being overweight
  • Being male, although women and children also suffer from OSA
  • A narrow airway
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Tonsil and adenoid problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Large neck size
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Diabetes
  • Family history

Symptoms of OSA

  • Snoring, although not everyone who snores has OSA
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble staying awake
  • Low libido
  • Sore throat
  • Waking up choking or gasping for breath
  • Concentration problems
  • Observed breathing cessation

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

A continuous airway pressure device or CPAP machine is the most common treatment for OSA. However, because the treatment involves wearing a mask connected to a tube and a machine most people give it up before they even get started.

People who have mild to moderate OSA have benefited from sleep position therapy; however, this doesn’t work for everyone. One of the best treatments for mild to moderate OSA is oral appliance therapy.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Dr. Mary Stonisch is a licensed and preferred oral appliance provider for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy involves wearing an oral appliance while sleeping. More comfortable and less cumbersome than a CPAP machine, oral appliance therapy really does work.

If you would like more information regarding oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with your dentist in Grosse Pointe Woods today.