Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of people in America. This sleep disorder can have serious consequences, as disrupted sleep robs our body of much repair and recovery time.
OSA happens when the muscles and tissue surrounding the throat relax, and the airway collapses and blocks airflow into the lungs. This lack of oxygen continues until the body awakens itself to get more air. The cycle of sleeping and waking up with a gasp leads to a terrible night’s sleep and resulting negative consequences.
Disrupted sleep has been associated with heart issues, high blood pressure, heartburn, headaches and depression.
Do you think you might have sleep apnea? Dr. Chandler has a home sleep test that patients can check out to be able to do a sleep test in the comfort of their own home.
What Is the Best Treatment?
At Silver Creek Dental in Payson, UT, we’ve found that a device called the TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) works well to help those with sleep apnea get a good night’s rest. This device is a tray that you wear on your teeth when sleeping.
The TAP holds the lower jaw in position so that it doesn’t shift during the night. This keeps the airway open. This is actually similar to principles used in CPR.
Most patients notice a difference the first night of using the TAP.
What About Snoring?
Snoring indicates a breathing problem, and can mean that your sleep isn’t all it should be. It sometimes indicates you have obstructive sleep apnea.
The TAP works to keep the airway open, as previously mentioned. Snoring is caused by a narrowing of the airway by the tongue. Wearing the customizable TAP device means a snoring-free night.
This can allow you and your partner to feel more rested.