Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment Oral Appliances

By | May 16, 2018

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 Is An Oral Appliance Stop Snoring Los Angeles Malibu Thousand Oaks Ronald Popper

This is an example of an oral appliance. As you can see, there are two denturelike devices;a lower denture, and an upper denture. On the lower denture is this little winglike device.And on the upper denture is this screwlike device. This works by advancing the screws against the wing,causing the lower denture to move forward and thus, bringing the tongue awayfrom the back wall of the throat relieving the upper airway obstruction. Oral appliances are approximately 60% to 80%effective at reducing or eliminating snoring. And they are about 50% effective at reducingthe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

They are best used in patients withmild to moderate sleep apnea. Or in patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome who refuse to use nasal CPAP orare intolerant to nasal CPAP. I'm Ronald Popper, medical director ofthe Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center inThousand Oaks, California. To view more tutorials that help to address allof your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, please visit our websiteat SleepMD4You . Thank you for watching and always remember,sleep well tonight for a better day tomorrow.

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