Sleep Apnea: The Common Causes and Treatment

Man having a hard time sleeping

Ever wondered how a snoring person can have a good night’s sleep with all the noise they’re making? If you can hear them snore, then they can surely hear themselves as well. Although it may seem like snoring is a sign of deep and good sleep, that’s not always the case. In some instances, snoring is merely just a sleeping habit but is, in fact, a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.

An oral appliance from an orthodontics laboratory can help manage sleep apnea. What is it about this condition that makes it dangerous if left untreated?

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is different from snoring. It is a sleep disorder where a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, thus the “snoring” sound. There are two types of sleep apnea: one is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which happens when the soft tissue at the back of the throat, known as uvula collapses during sleep. The other type is known as central sleep apnea. This occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscle to breathe during sleep. Severe sleep apnea can cause the brain to go on without oxygen for several times during the whole sleeping period, which is highly dangerous.

Snoring, on the other hand, is caused by the vibration of the respiratory organ known as uvula. It’s the tissue that hangs down at the back of your throat. Obstructed air movement during sleep causes the vibration more commonly known as snoring.

How is it treated?

Sleep apnea can be treated in various ways. Those suffering from central sleep apnea can have other medical conditions treated that will solve their problem. OSA is more commonly treated with nasal spray and the use of an oral appliance to help open the pathway for unobstructed airway passage.

Suspecting that you or your loved one has sleep apnea? Consult your doctor now and have yourself treated.