A person who has sleep apnea stops breathing for a period of 10 to 30 seconds several times during the night, depriving the person of sufficient oxygen and a good night’s sleep. Long-term untreated sleep apnea eventually causes other health problems, and it can shorten the sufferer’s life by up to 12 years. Fortunately, there are devices that open your airway while you sleep.
Sleep symptoms should prompt sleep apnea sufferers to undergo a sleep study and get an official sleep apnea diagnosis, as well as an apnea-hypopnea index number. Once a person receives those things, the provider will most likely prescribe a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine. A CPAP machine is the most commonly prescribed sleep apnea-relieving machine.
A mask, filter and tube connect to the CPAP machine, which blows compressed air into your lungs during your sleep. The apnea-hypopnea index determines how severe your sleep apnea is. CPAP mask options include a full-face CPAP mask, nasal pillow, and a nasal CPAP mask. Factors to consider when selecting a CPAP machine include mask size and shape, ramping, pressure relief, size and noise level.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway of a sleeping person becomes completely blocked. This happens when the person rolls onto his or her back. Obesity is often the culprit. Until the person loses weight, an auto titrating positive airway pressure machine (AutoPAP) would help the situation.
An alternative machine is the bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP or BiPAP) machine.
You may opt for an auto-adjusting positive airway pressure (APAP) machine.
Position pillows can be used with or without a CPAP machine. One of the styles this kind of pillow comes in is the wedge. A wedge raises your upper body so that your airway won’t be obstructed.
Half of the sleep apnea patients have the most problems breathing when they’re lying on their back, according to webmd.com. Attaching a tube sock containing two tennis balls to one’s back prevents the person from lying on his or her back.
Instead of having a guard custom-made by a dentist, you can order a tongue retaining device/mouthpiece or a mandibular repositioning mouthpiece online. However, these bulky generic versions may cause problems with your bite. They can also cause you some jaw pain.
Some snorers benefit from just using nasal strips or dilators.
A dentist trained in sleep apnea can give you Fotana Nightlase Laser Therapy, which is a nonsurgical option for opening up the airway.
A new FDA-approved oral device delivers electrical muscle stimulation around the patient’s tongue. This device is worn just 20 minutes daily for a period of six weeks. The stimulation prevents the tongue from falling back into the airway during sleep.
A specially-trained dentist can custom-make a dental stop-snoring appliance/guard.
Fotona Nightlase laser therapy is a new and nonsurgical option dentists have to treat snorers. This highly successful laser therapy tightens tissue collagen in the back of the throat. Tightening up the tissue opens the airway and reduces snoring. The result is improved sleep quality.
An epigenetic orthodontist may provide an RNA version of the DNA appliance.
Repositioning teeth with this modern orthodontics device may actually open up the airway in some people.
Sleep apnea negatively affects a person’s sleep quality, which can lead to many other health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, there are devices that treat sleep apnea.