Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which the person who suffers it has one or more pauses in the breathing o has shallow breathing during sleep. When the muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in, and you can’t get an adequate breath in. This may lower the level of oxygen in your blood. Your brain senses this inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so you can reopen your airway. This awakening is usually so brief that you don’t remember it. You may make a snorting, choking or gasping sound. This pattern can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour, all night long. These disruptions impair your ability to reach the desired deep, restful phases of sleep, and you’ll probably feel sleepy during your waking hours. People with obstructive sleep apnea may not be aware that their sleep was interrupted. In fact, some people with this type of sleep apnea think they sleep well all night.
An Apnea event means stop breathing for at least 10 seconds.
NORMAL During normal sleep, the muscles that control the tongue and palate, maintain open the upper airway with normal flow of air.
SNORING When these muscles relax, airflow diminishes. This can lead to Snoring and respiratories difficulties.
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) If these muscles relax too much, the upper airway can collapse and get blocked, causing an obstruction.
Solution with Oral Appliance
Oral Appliance Moves the Jaw Forward, Opening the Airway