If so, you may be suffering from a common, but under-diagnosed problem known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Your Health and OSA
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing, anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. Snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, memory problems, irritability, fatigue, and insomnia are all signs that you could be losing shut-eye to sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a potentially life threatening condition. Its been shown to be associated with heart attack, stroke and even death.
Your Love Life and OSA
While the wide variety of sleep sounds that come from bed partners can range from soothing to scary, the truth is that snoring, in particular, can indicate a real behind-the-scenes problem. A recent survey revealed that snoring has a negative impact on relationships; some mentioned that snoring bed partner makes them annoyed/angry, or a snoring partner could drive them out of bed (as per AADSM).
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an alternative and non-invasive treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea for mild to moderate cases. A dental oral appliance looks like a sports mouth guard and is worn only during sleep. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway, preventing sleep apnea and snoring. A custom-fitted oral appliance is fabricated using impressions and models of your teeth. Patients like it because it’s comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient for travel, and easy to clean. This appliance also prevents you from grinding your teeth, which is thought to be a part of the underlying sleep problem. We provide you with a sleep testing device to assess your sleep at the comfort of your own bedroom. Click here for more information.
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