Sleep apnea is a condition where a patient experiences multiple breathing pauses throughout sleep. The condition may sound simple but the pauses can last for a few seconds to a few minutes, and it can even recur 5 to 100 times an hour! People with this condition do not usually know that they have the disorder unless their bed partner or family member points it out.
Two types of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterized by breathing pauses caused by the blockage of the airways as a result of the collapse of soft-tissues at the back of the throat. The most common apnea which is usually associated with snoring.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain fails to send a signal to the muscles that control proper breathing. The condition is more of a problem in the respiratory control center than the blockage on the airways.
Snoring is a condition that can affect anyone but is usually common to men and people who are overweight. It occurs due to the partial blockage of the airways causing vibrations that comes out as a snore. Occasional snoring may not be harmful and can only be irritating to a bed partner or a family member, but persistent snorer can affect everyone even themselves.
At Premier Dental Spa, we understand the consequences of not getting enough rest and sleep due to disturbances such as Sleep Apnea and Snoring. We help patients by offering oral appliances that can be worn during sleep to help improve their breathing as well as their rest.
Tips for the Prevention of Sleep Apnea and Snoring
- Consider losing weight or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. People that are overweight have a higher risk of experiencing snoring due to the formation of excess fat at the back of the throat. These excess fats can obstruct the airway that can cause snoring and even sleep apnea.
- Avoid bad habits such as excessive alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking. Not only these habits wreak havoc to the health of patients, but it can also cause the tissues at the back of the throat to relax during sleep that can cover the airways. Stopping alcohol intake and smoking not only prevents snoring or sleep apnea, but it also improves the overall health of patients.
- Try to sleep on the side instead of back sleeping. It helps in opening the airways during sleep for a continuous supply of air for proper breathing.
- Elevate the head during sleep to open the airways to avoid blockage and for proper, continuous breathing.
Sleep apnea and Snoring are conditions that can be experienced by many and should not be disregarded. If left unattended the condition can worsen and even cause other health complications which make its treatment even more essential for better overall health and wellness.
If you’re suffering from a sleep disorder that causes breathing pauses, then it may be Sleep Apnea! Book your appointment immediately at Premier Dental Spa for Sleep Apnea/Snoring in Tinton Falls. You can visit us at 709 Sycamore Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701.