So Much More Than Snoring
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Apnea. It’s a funny word, but absolutely nothing to laugh at! Derived from the Greek word apnoia, it literally means “without breath.” That’s right. Sleep apnea is when your breathing stops while you are asleep – and that is as serious as it sounds.
Because sleep apnea stops you from breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night and for up to two minutes at a time, it causes a drop in blood oxygen levels. Your body realizes it could die from lack of oxygen, the fight or flight startle response is triggered, and with a gasp, you wake up. This process places a lot of stress on your heart and raises blood pressure. In addition, the adrenaline released affects cortisol levels – and a cortisol imbalance can lead to dramatic weight gain!
Sleep apnea also keeps you from properly entering REM sleep, the most restorative stage of nightly sleep. Without REM sleep, the brain begins to function less optimally, affecting your memory, your ability to recognize mistakes, your mood, your ability to cope with stress, and even the way you process pain.
A study by the Institute of Medicine reports that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine notes that over 18 Million Americans have OSA.
Everyone’s Sleep Apnea is the same, right?
Well, sort of. Obstructive sleep apnea always refers to a breathing disorder resulting in a cessation of breath. But there are categories: Mild, moderate, and severe. What distinguishes mild sleep apnea from severe is simply your blood oxygen level and the number of episodes you have per hour. The more episodes, the more severe your apnea is considered.
While the way a CPAP works to help you keep breathing seems fairly obvious – using air pressure to hold your airway open – an oral appliance may seem a little bit more mysterious. How can a tiny oral appliance keep your airway from closing – especially when you are fast asleep
It’s actually pretty simple:
Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are caused by a collapse of the soft tissues or the tongue into the airway, blocking it and keeping you from taking a proper breath. But more and more research is showing that oral appliances like the ProSomnus Sleep and Snore Devices work amazingly well by gently advancing your lower jaw and keeping it in a slightly forward position.
That means that the ProSomnus Sleep and Snore Devices:
- Move the soft tissues away from the back of your throat
- Allow for proper airflow
- Reduce snoring
- Reduce daytime sleepiness, fatigue, morning headaches, and sluggishness
- Can help with weight loss
- Protect you from health hazards of sleep apnea
- Are simple to use, comfortable to wear and easy to keep clean
Cosmetic dentistry has evolved from the simple replacement and restoration of damaged teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium post that serves like a tooth root, surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line to allow the dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge.