Sleep Apnea Treatment in Gilbert
Take a guess how many married couples sleep separately at night because the husband or wife snores. You might be surprised to learn that a conservative estimate is 25 percent—and that’s only the couples that are willing to admit the truth. But beyond the affects on a marriage, snoring can be a sign of a serious medical condition called sleep apnea. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately, there is a reliable and convenient treatment. Dr. Hanna Mansoor, a certified sleep apnea doctor, can prescribe a custom-fitted oral appliance to be worn at night so you can breathe easier and sleep in your own bed!
Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea
Just because a person snores does not necessarily mean he or she has sleep apnea. Snoring happens when relaxed tissue in your throat as well as the back of your tongue vibrate as air passes by. In and of itself, snoring is not a problem—aside from the disturbing sound. However, snoring also happens when this same vibrating tissue blocks your airway. In this case, the condition is called sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea in Gilbert, AZ
When soft tissue in the throat blocks your airway, breathing stops temporarily. This can last anywhere from a few seconds to a full minute and can happen dozens of times in a single night. To restart breathing, the brain sends a signal through your nervous system that awakens the body. Although you will not likely remember these periods of being awake, they begin to take a toll.
First, you may notice that you’re sleepy during the day. As a consequence, concentration and hand-eye coordination may be compromised. In fact, studies show that a large percentage of automobile accidents are caused by daytime drowsiness that has its root in sleep apnea.
In addition to daytime exhaustion, there are diseases and illnesses that have been linked to sleep apnea. These include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart disease
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
For many years a CPAP machine was the gold standard for treating sleep apnea. Now, however, there is a much more comfortable and convenient method of treatment. An oral appliance, sometimes called a snore guard, is custom fitted to be worn comfortably every night. The appliance repositions your lower jaw and tongue, moving both slightly forward in order to keep your breathing passage clear of soft tissue.
Please contact our Gilbert, AZ office today if you have any questions about sleep apnea, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hanna Mansoor.