What classifies as sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when someone stops breathing while they are asleep. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. This is when the airway is closed off while sleeping.
How many people are affected by obstructive sleep apnea?
Approximately 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can cause them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.
What are signs of OSA?
Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring and gasping or choking sounds during sleep. Like snoring, sleep apnea is more common in men, but it can occur in women too, especially during and after menopause.
What are negative side effects of OSA?
Negative side effects include risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and erectile dysfunction.
Would I be aware of not breathing at night?
In most cases, you won't know that you stop breathing while sleeping. Some people will wake up suddenly after seeming to sleep peacefully. This is sometimes a sign that you haven't been breathing.
Is there something to do if I think I have sleep apnea?
If any of the signs and symptoms are present, then you need to make an appointment with a doctor. The doctor can conduct breathing tests to determine if there are any issues physically. If the doctor notices any signs of sleep apnea, then a sleep study can be done to determine what might be triggering the condition.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances support your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.
What are benefits of oral appliance therapy over CPAP?
Many patients consider a sleep apnea appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. Oral appliances also are quiet, portable and easy to care for.
Will this be covered by insurance?
Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Does sleep apnea go away without any intervention?
In most situations, the condition won't go away on its own. Some form of treatment will be needed in order to make the symptoms go away.
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