Sleep Apnea can be solved with a simple in-mouth appliance (like a retainer). This oral appliance is provided by highly trained dentists. Dr. Wael Elosta has received special training in Dental Sleep Medicine and is a Provider of FDA-approved Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) for the many people with sleep breathing conditions since 2000. Dr. Wael Elosta can Solve Your Snoring and Sleep Apnea Without CPAP or Surgery!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder affecting over 18 million people in the United States. Sleep Apnea is characterized by loud or heavy snoring interrupted by the stopping of breathing for more than 10 seconds. The word “apnea” literally means “without breath.” Under diagnosed and frequently dismissed simply as harmless yet annoying snoring, “obstructive sleep apnea” (OSA) is a very dangerous condition. If you or a loved one snore loudly at night, please have a sleep study done to rule out this potentially fatal condition.
Snoring occurs when the airway or passage through which we breathe becomes partially blocked or occluded. An example would be a tongue that falls back as we drift off into deeper sleep. As the diameter or size of the airway passage is shrinking, the net result is a muffled sound secondary to vibrations in the throat, or snoring.
These incidences can happen many times per hour and hundreds of times in a night’s sleep. When breathing stops, the snoring stops until the individual chokes and gasps for air. They will awaken briefly, sometimes violently, interrupting their sleep patterns and in the morning will have no memories of these incidences.
There are three types of apnea. In all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.
Three Types of Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) the most common is usually caused when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes completely during sleep.
Central sleep apnea is not caused by a blocked airway but rather the brain’s failure to signal the muscles to breathe.
Mixed apnea is a combination of the two.
With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently, sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.
Sleep Apnea is a life-threatening disorder and should not go un-treated because you can’t wear your CPAP! We can make a custom-fit plastic mouthpiece for treating sleep apnea. The mouthpiece will adjust your lower jaw and your tongue to help keep your airways open while you sleep.
Health Risks of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.
Untreated, sleep apnea can cause:
- Drug resistant high blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Memory problems
Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. For those who are struggling with Sleep Apnea or Snoring, are frustrated with using a CPAP, or have a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker who has these problems, contact us
to schedule a free consultation with us to learn more.