Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is when the airway becomes completely blocked and breathing stops. The brain detects the lack of oxygen and prompts a momentary arousal to draw breath. Although OSA sufferers may experience hundreds of apnea episodes per night, they are unlikely to remember any of them. In fact, if the sufferer lives alone or sleeps separately they may not be aware of their condition, even after many years.
What About Snoring?
Snoring and is a noise created by the partial blocking of the airway. When you fall asleep your muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing the airway. Incoming-air then makes the tissue at the rear roof of the mouth (the soft palate), the flap of skin hanging from the palate (uvula) and the throat vibrate – a sound we know as snoring.
Snoring is often no greater problem than the noise itself. However, loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem
What Can I Do About It?
The diagnostic process is easy and may be covered by insurance. The first step is to schedule a consultation. The experienced Battle Ground Dental team will assess your individual situation. Diagnosis is the first step!
Are you ready to join the millions of people diagnosed with OSA who have improved their quality of life with effective therapy?