Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder, affecting 1 in 5 American adults. Sleep apnea is characterized by irregular breathing while sleeping. The irregularities include either pause in breathing or shallow breathing while sleeping. The pauses are called apnea and can last for a few seconds to several minutes; a shallow breathing episode is called hypopnea. More than 5 episodes per hour constitute a sleep apnea diagnoses.
When breathing becomes irregular, carbon dioxide builds up in the bloodstream triggering receptors in the brain to wake the person and breath normally. Breathing will restore proper oxygen level and the person will fall back to sleep. Overnight sleep tests or a sleep study is often how sleep apnea is formally diagnosed.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, affecting 84% of sleep apnea cases. Central sleep apnea and complex or mixed sleep apnea make up the rest with 0.4% and 15% respectively. Central sleep apnea is a lack of breathing efforts while sleeping. Obstructive sleep apnea is a physical blockage of the repertory system restricting airflow despite breathing efforts.
Individuals with sleep apnea are rarely aware of the problem. Usually, others witnessing the episode while the individual sleeps recognize the sleep disruption. Individuals may go undiagnosed for years unaware of the source of their daytime sleepiness. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea can include:
Sleep apnea can affect anyone. Although, there are factors that put individuals at a higher risk for sleep apnea. Factors include:
The use of alcohol, sedative or tranquilizer may trigger sleep apnea by relaxing throat muscles.
OneÂ solution for sleep apnea is the CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure. With proper and consistent use, the CPAP opens the patient’s airway during sleep with pressurized air. A face mask is strapped to the patient’s face connected to a bedside CPAP machine by a flexible tube. As you can imagine, sleeping with this device strapped to your face can make for a difficult sleeping experience. A minority of CPAP patients continue long-term compliance. Patients often complain of facial irritation and feeling trapped by the face mask. Fortunately, there are other options for obstructive sleep apnea treatment in East Idaho at Comfort Sleep Solutions.
Oral appliances for sleep apnea treatment in East Idaho are custom made mouthpieces designed just for you. These appliances shift the lower jaw forwards slightly to open up your airways. Oral appliance therapy is generally successful for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. We carry a variety of oral appliances for sleep apnea.
Our most comfortable and most preferred appliance is the Somnomed MAS. This appliance is custom made with a durable comfortable flexible material, allowing you to drink water, yawn and even talk while wearing it. It’s lip sealed preventing dry mouth and the least bulky of the oral appliances. The Somnomed also has an edentulous option that can be used with implants.
The TAP-3 is the original oral appliance, it is custom made and adjustable, ideal for patients that plan on having future dental work. The SUAD appliance is ideal for those patients that grind their teeth at night.
The state-of-the-art Narval CC made by ResMed, the leader in CPAP manufacturing, has many benefits for sleep apnea treatment in East Idaho, including:
With all the different oral appliances available, we are here to help you decide what choice is best for your lifestyle for your sleep apnea treatment in East Idaho. If you are currently using a CPAP, you still may want to consider Oral Appliance Therapy for your sleep apnea for times of travel or if you are experiencing major discomfort from your CPAP device. Comfort Sleep Solutions understands the negative impacts that sleep apnea can have on lives and no one else is more committed to working with you for sleep apnea treatment in East Idaho.