How to Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Millions of people in America snore, but many don’t realize it, and even more don’t understand the implications it could have for their overall wellbeing. For patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), snoring could be an indication of the more serious sleep disorder. OSA causes you to periodically stop breathing while you sleep due to oral tissues disrupting the airway, which interrupts your rest and deprives you of much-needed REM sleep.
What to Expect
OSA is often treated by a sleep specialist using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that promotes an uninterrupted flow of air. Patients who snore or experience sleep apnea can also find relief with a custom-made oral appliance that gently positions the lower jaw to keep the airway clear.
The appliance can offer a comfortable solution for patients who want to quit snoring, as well as provide an alternative to the more cumbersome CPAP machine that some OSA patients rely on.