You’ve probably already heard of sleep apnea – it’s the condition when a person misses a breath (or more) while sleeping. The idea of someone “missing to breathe” seems funny but indeed, there are situations when the physical make-up of the person prevents him or her from breathing normally – especially while he or she is sleeping.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The common type of it is the Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This occurs when the upper part of the airway becomes narrow – as a result of the collapse of the tissues on it. Here’s how this happens:
When you sleep, the muscles on your upper airway (near the back of your throat) relax. Dilator muscles, however, are present to keep the air passage open and to help your breathe normally. Interference to this collapse-dilation mechanism causes you to miss your breath – literally, you do not breathe for a matter of seconds.
Significant absence of breathing can be disturbing – not to mention fatal. Thus, the treatment procedures are available to help both the sufferers – and the loved ones of these sufferers (if your partner snores loudly because of sleep apnea, would you, as his partner, be able to sleep well?).
The Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) machine is by far the most common sleep apnea treatment method. Of course, this is primarily because this is developed for this very purpose.
Sleep specialists use CPAP – and CPAP mask in Toronto or elsewhere – to provide constant air pressure. This keeps the collapse-dilation mechanism of the different sets of throat muscles working. In simpler terms, this sleep apnea treatment procedure prevents your throat muscles from blocking the airway.
However, the CPAP machine is not without limits. Some users report having throat or nose infection. Infection can be in the form of nasal congestion and dry throat. In addition, some patients experience difficulty in exhalation. This can be because of the kind of mask that’s being used. As such, many specialists prefer Respironics masks – in Toronto or elsewhere – because this brand is known for quality and cost-effectiveness.
To address the concerns associated with the use of the CPAP machine as a treatment method, specialists turn to the use of dental devices. Among the common dental appliances are:
a. the Tongue Retaining Device – this holds the tongue in place, thereby keeping the airway open
b. the Mandibular Advancement Device – again, this sleep apnea treatment device aims to keep the airway open by slightly pushing the lower jaw forward and downward.
Perhaps because nothing in this world is perfect, some users still have a few complaints regarding the use of the above-mentioned dental devices as sleep apnea treatment methods. Among the most common concerns are dry lips, excessive salivation and tooth discomfort.
Any form of treatment somehow carries with it a certain “undesirable trait.” An antibiotic, for instance, would give you an upset stomach. The same holds true for sleep apnea treatment methods. There will always be pros and cons.
This article, in summary, presents the pros and cons of the most common methods used in treating sleep apnea. Hopefully, it was able to accomplish such purpose.
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