Sleep apnea, or obstructive sleep apnea, is a medical issue which occurs when the soft tissues of the throat become lax or loose and descend into the airway when a person is asleep. When the tissues have descended into the airway, it can block airflow and cause a person to stop breathing. It can stop for a moment or for longer periods. Often the occurrences take place multiple times a night and interrupt the person’s sleep cycle. The condition can often go unnoticed, however it can cause symptoms which wake or disturb the person such as snoring, snorting, or choking.
Snoring can occur with sleep apnea but it does not guarantee a person has the condition if he or she snores. Snoring can also be caused by allergies, colds, and issues which cause the sinus passages to become clogged. Additionally, not every person with sleep apnea will snore. If you experience snoring in addition to other symptoms such as daytime sleepiness, forgetfulness, problems concentrating, moodiness, or falling asleep during the day you should talk to the doctor about getting tested for sleep apnea. This is especially true if you wake up choking or gasping for air.
Sleep apnea has been linked to increased risk for developing heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and cognitive disorders. The interruptions which sleep apnea causes can also increase the chance of being involved in a car accident which occurs because the person is very fatigued when driving.
Those with milder symptoms can use an oral appliance which is custom made by a specialized dentist. These are worn in the mouth and helps to shift the lower jaw forward which keeps the airway clear. The oral appliances are made for each person and are comfortable to use when sleeping. For those whose symptoms are more severe, laser therapy, surgery, and continuous positive airway pressure can be very helpful and allow them to rest without the interruptions which cause them to gasp for air.
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