Sleep Apnea Mask Questions

Sleep Apnea Questions With Castle Rock Family Dentist Scott Brody

This is Andrea, and I'm here with Castle RockFamily dentist Scott Brody. Today we are going to be talking about sleep apnea. Howare you doing todayé I'm doing great, Andrea, thanks.Can you give us an overview of what sleep apnea iséSure. Sleep apnea is essentially a condition where patients stop breathing multiple timesduring the night. It's most commonly associated with snoring, because, essentially, the causeof sleep apnea is the tongue closing off the airway. When it vibrates on the back of thethroat, it causes snoring. The most common sleep apnea is referred to as obstructivesleep apnea, which is the tongue getting in

the way. There is a small percentage of peoplethat have more of a control issue, where the brain is just not telling them to breathe.But that's a very minor proportion of the people that have sleep apnea. So, essentiallythe problem is, the tongue getting in the way, and people not getting air, which isobviously quite important, and one of the more common signs of that is the snoring thatpeople experience. Alright, so snoring is a pretty common signit sounds like. Are there any other symptoms that people can look foréYeah, you know, if you're not getting good restful sleep, you're going to have a wholelot of other consequences being tired during

the day, loss of concentration, there canbe issues with being really irritable, some of the more common things that people noticejust with their mouth is that they're waking up with very dry mouth, or they notice thatthey're doing a lot of clenching or grinding all things that are subconscious ways of themtrying to keep that airway open to try and get as much oxygen as they can.So what are the consequences of not treating sleep apneaé Say, somebody doesn't realizethat's what they haveé Well, if they don't treat it, there's beena lot of research that's come out in the last few years that has linked the lack of oxygenthat is a consequence to from pretty severe

systemic problems, high blood pressure, sometimesleading to strokes, they're also at a much higher risk of developing diabetes, as well,so those are some of the more common consequences that affect their overall health.Okay, those sound pretty serious, so how can sleep apnea be treatedéWell, traditionally sleep apnea has been treated with a device called a CPAP, which stand forConstant Positive Airway Pressure. Essentially it's a mask of some design that forces airpast the tongue to try and get patients sufficient oxygen, so that doesn't cause all of thoselong term problems. I have a couple of examples. There's a mask like this that is often used,worn over the nose, and connected to a device

that supplies the air. There's other designsthat go over the head and into the nose, the nostrils, both of which are somewhat cumbersomefor a lot of my patients. They're connected by tubing to a device that supplies the airand moisture, and honestly, quite difficult to adapt to for a lot of patients. So evenif they have an awareness of their sleep apnea, have had it diagnosed by having a sleep study,they just have a really hard time wearing those devices. It's uncomfortable, they findthat they really don't sleep that much better anyway because of the device itself. So that'sbeen a big problem for patients. They just don't like the treatments that have been availableuntil now to deal with the problem. So, an

alternative, is to, instead of just tryingto get air past the tongue, is to try and get the tongue out of the way. If we can movethe tongue forward and keep it from closing off the airway, we can accomplish the samething which is to allow the patient to get sufficient air. So one of the appliances thatwe provide is one like this, and it's called a Mandibular Advancement Splint. Essentially,there's two components and it's very similar to a night guard, but normally the patientwould be biting kind of in this position, and what we're trying to accomplish is bringingthe lower jaw forward. In doing that, we also bring the tongue forward, and that keeps thetongue from closing off the airway and allows

Caring For Your CPAP Mask Sleep Apnea Malibu Thousand Oaks Agoura Hills Ronald Popper

Patients often ask, quot;How do I care for my CPAP maskéquot; Caring for CPAP masks is relatively simple. Every morning, when you remove your mask, take a soft,soapy suds solution such as an Ivory dishwashing solution and simply soap it up liberally,and rinse it off and let it air dry. Never, never, never use harsh chemicals or detergentson the mask as this will accelerate the deterioration of your mask material, leading toair leakage and mask discomfort. Proper care of your mask will make it last longer,allowing you to use the mask for three to six months. I'm Ronald Popper, medical director ofthe Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep

Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. To view more tutorials that help to address allof your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, please visitour website at SleepMD4You . Thank you for watching and always remember,sleep well tonight for a better day tomorrow.

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