What is Sleep Apnea?
More than 18 million adults in America suffer from sleep apnea. Though it’s a common problem among overweight and obese patients, it can affect anyone.
For patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the tongue and soft tissues tend to fall backward and collapse on each other blocking the patient’s breathing while sleeping. If the airway is not totally blocked off, the small, uneven amount of air that does pass is what causes the loud obnoxious snoring commonly associated with sleep apnea.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Mild cases of OSA can be treated with a few lifestyle changes, like losing weight, avoiding alcohol and quitting smoking. Mild to moderate OSA can easily be treated with a TAP appliance that keeps the airway open while sleeping.
More severe cases may require surgery or an airflow machine known as a CPAP, which forces air into the nose to keep the airway open.
Learn More About Sleep Apnea and TAP Appliances
If you’ve been getting elbowed a lot for snoring at night, wake up feeling groggy or unrested, and have trouble staying awake during the day, you may have sleep apnea. A TAP appliance is simple, comfortable device worn at night that can prevent snoring and increase the quality of sleep.
To learn more about the risks associated with sleep apnea, Dr. Ron’s personal experience with sleep apnea, and how a TAP appliance may help, read our in-depth blog on TAP appliances here.