Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder that affects a patient’s breathing at night. Sleep apnea is more common than you might think, affecting millions of people worldwide. In fact, it is the most common sleep-related disorder in the world. In the past, treatment for sleep apnea involved the use of a CPAP machine to open the airway to prevent pauses in breathing. Thankfully, CPAP machines aren’t the only treatment option for sleep apnea anymore and more people are choosing other, more comfortable alternatives.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea involves short pauses in your breathing throughout the night. Sleep apnea can be caused by being overweight or obese, or because you’re a smoker. When the tongue and soft tissues of the mouth are able to relax at night, they can close the airway and cause you to stop breathing. Your body then responds to this by jerking awake, and throughout the night, you’ll experience a cycle of waking up, snoring, and not being able to breathe. The condition can become serious if it’s not treated, and it can become incredibly disruptive to your everyday life. Some of the common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
• Exhaustion throughout the day
• Tiredness, regardless of how long you’ve slept
• Morning headaches
• Mood swings
• Decreased libido
• Loud snoring
• Dry mouth
Can Mild Sleep Apnea Benefit from Treatment?
Sleep apnea that is considered to be mild can still benefit from treatment. This can prevent the issue from getting worse, and can also help in improving your quality of sleep. If obesity or being overweight is the cause of your sleep apnea, finally getting a good night of rest can help in giving you the energy to exercise. Decreased mood swings and irritability from treatment can help you stick to a healthier diet. If you’re a smoker, now is the best time to quit and take charge of your health.
Your Treatment Options
Rather than use a CPAP machine that’s large and uncomfortable, an oral device can be worn to safely and effectively open the airway. This device is worn similarly to a mouth guard, and is put in the mouth each night to prevent heavy snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. The device is made just for you, so it’s comfortable and easy to wear. The device is incredibly effective at helping to end your sleep apnea woes and help you to get your life and health back on track.