Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that makes it hard to get the restful and refreshing sleep for your body and mind. In this, your breathing stops a number of times throughout the night. Each part might last for a few seconds or maybe up to 30 seconds or even longer. It frequently comes along with choking or gasping sounds when breathing starts again.
What are the treatment options for sleep apnea?
The most effective and widely used appliances are:
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure): CPAP is one of the most effective treatments. This is used to keep airways open by blowing air down the throat with continuous pressure while sleeping. CPAP machines are small, quiet, lightweight, and travel-friendly with three main parts:
- There would be a mask that is used to fit over nose, or nose and mouth and holds itself in place with straps while sleeping.
- A motor in it blows air.
- A connection is created between the motor and mask, with a large tube called a cannula.
Its main benefits are that:
- It keeps your airways open while sleeping.
- It eases snores.
- It improves your sleep quality.
- It relieves from daytime sleepiness and lowering blood pressure problems.
Mouth Devices: If CPAP doesn’t work for you, then your dentist might recommend you some mouth devices. They are:
Mandibular advancement device (MAD): MAD, a mouth guard-like device, is quite extensively used to treat sleep apnea. It effortlessly fits over the upper and lower dental arches. The lower jaw could be eased forward with the help of metal hinges.
Tongue retaining device: A splint like a thing, holds your tongue in place to keep the airway of the mouth open. It isn’t much prescribed by dentists as it is hard to get used to and isn’t quite comfortable.
Boil and Bite device: “Boil and Bite” devices can be bought over the counter or online. At first, it needs to be heated in hot water, then you need to bite into it and fit it well in your mouth. By doing this, your lower jaw moves forward to make you breathe better. It would be good if you prefer custom-made ones, as research also claims that its use reduced the average number of apnea problems per hour.
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