Do you or someone you know suffer from sleep apnea or snoring? Although there’s no cure to stop sleep apnea or snoring, there are different treatments and devices that can help you minimize the effects.
Snoring and sleep apnea are similar in the way that the sound that is being produced is due to the airways being blocked. The soft tissue at the back of our throats relaxes when we are sleeping, and it often blocks the airways. When there is a blockage your body will make sure enough air is going to your lungs and will cause the loud noise as the air passes through the blockage. The shift in sleeping positions, nasal or oral devices can help open up the airways to unblock them and let air through.
Sleep apnea, on the other hand, involves the central nervous system, and it happens when your brain is not sending the right signals to the muscles that control breathing. It can become very serious as sleep apnea is considered a disorder, your breathing stops and starts as you sleep and it can be quite dangerous.
You might not be aware of your sleep disorders until someone mentions it to you since they happen during sleeping hour. However, there are different signs you can look out for that will indicate you should go see your doctor. A special night guard designed for sleep apnea will allow your mandible to move forward to open up the air passage and allow air to go through without being blocked.
If you or anyone you know suffer from sleep apnea or snoring, call us at (310) 275-0838 or visit us at 414 N Camden Drive Suite 626, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.