Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Animation
Snoring and sleep apnea.In normal breathing, air enters the nostrils and goes through the throat and the tracheato the lungs. In people who snore this airway is partiallyobstructed by excess tissue of the throat, such as large tonsils, large soft palate ortongue. Another common cause of obstruction is the dropping of the tongue into the throatdue to over relaxation of tongue muscles during sleep. Air currents competing throughnarrow spaces in the throat cause the soft palate essentially a piece of soft tissuehanging in the throat to vibrate. This vibration is the source of the noise we hear when someoneis snoring.
Sleep apnea happens when the airway is completelyobstructed, no air can go through and the person stops breathing. This cessation ofbreathing triggers the brain to respond by waking up the person just enough to take abreath. This repeats itself again and again during the course of the night and may resultin sleep deprivation. Snoring and mild sleep apnea may be treatedwith a mandibular advancement device. This device is designed to move the lower jaw andthe tongue slightly forward and thus making the space in the back of the throat larger.
What can a DENTIST do for snoring and sleep apnea
Do yousnore on a regular basisé Does your snoring cause youor your partner to wake upé Do you wake up gasping for airé Do you experience excessivedaytime sleepinessé If the answer is yes, you might be an undiagnosed sleep apnea patient. Hi, I'm Lance Timmerman, a sleep dentist near Seattle.
Obstructive Sleep Apneacan be life threatening and treating it is important. In fact, hall of famefootball great Reggie White died in his sleep fromobstructive sleep apnea at 43 years of age. If you or someone you lovehas any of these symptoms, quit playing Russianroulette and call us today for a free consultation.