Snoring and sleep apnea

Snoring sleep apnea

Do You Feel Tired in the Morning Despite a Full Night’s Sleep?

Is Snoring Keeping Your Partner Up at Night?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that causes snoring and breathing pauses during sleep. These breathing pauses may occur 30 times or more an hour. As a result, the quality of sleep suffers, making patients tired during the day. On top of that, life partners are often suffering too as loud and persistent snoring can keep him or her awake and take a toll on his or her well-being.

Chronic, loud, and ongoing snoring is the most obvious sign of obstructive sleep apnea. During the day, there is persistent sleepiness at work or driving. You may doze off when you’re inactive – in front of the TV – out of exhaustion.

Other symptoms include:

  • morning headaches
  • waking frequently throughout night
  • difficulty concentrating
  • memory problems
  • depression or mood changes
  • sore throat or dry mouth upon waking

Lifestyle Changes

Obesity, smoking, and alcohol consumption are linked to sleep problems. Weight loss and related lifestyle changes can reduce apnea severity. Also:

  • Change your sleeping position can help (from lying on your back to side-sleeping, for example
  • Get treatment for allergies
  • Avoid tranquilizers and sleeping pills before bedtime

Oral Appliances

Another solution is an oral appliance that pulls the lower jaw slightly forward. These devices work by enlarging the airway. They also activate the muscles enough to prevent soft tissue from collapsing and blocking the airway.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved oral-appliance therapy as a first-line treatment for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA.

The AASM also recommends oral appliances for patients with severe OSA who are unable to tolerate or cannot wear other forms of treatment.

OPTISLEEP is one such custom-designed appliance, and is covered by most health insurance plans. Approximately 70% of patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea respond well to the treatment with oral appliances.¹

Positive Airway Pressure Devices

Sleeping with the help of a Positive Airway Pressure Machine can help moderate to severe sleep apnea.

The machines are designed to ensure that air flows continuously or intermittently into the sleeper’s throat, which prevents the sleeper’s airway from collapsing. The patient must sleep wearing a mask that fits over the nose and the mouth (in some cases).

The air is delivered through a flexible tube from one of several types of machines:

  • CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure)
  • BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure)
  • VPAP (variable positive airway pressure)

Discomfort is an issue for some people, and is typically the reason they discontinue use.

Surgery

Surgery is available for obstructive sleep apnea to enlarge the airway through the nose or throat that may be blocking the upper air passages. Surgery usually involves removing or reducing tissue from the uvula, tonsils, soft palate, adenoids, or tongue. In some cases, surgery will provide maxillomandibular advancement which moves the upper and lower jaw forward.

The Advantage of OPTISLEEP

OPTISLEEP is a custom-designed oral appliance to treat snoring or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is also recommended for patients with severe OSA who are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery.

The two-piece appliance is designed to prevent apneas by keeping the upper airway open. The lower jaw is moved forward comfortably to relax the tissue at the back of the throat. This prevents the base of the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway.

Why Choose OPTISLEEP?

Effective: 90% of patients reported reduced snoring and apnea when wearing an oral appliance.¹

Comfortable: The extremely slim design makes wearing the appliance especially comfortable.

Natural mechanism: OPTISLEEP allows patients open and close their mouth naturally.

Superior quality: OPTISLEEP is a Class II medical device, manufactured using highest quality materials and 510(k) cleared.

Custom-designed: The digital design of OPTISLEEP eliminates the need for unpleasant impressions and ensures a high level of accuracy.

Optimal flexibility: OPTISLEEP comes with exchangeable connectors, allowing wide-range movement of the lower jaw.

Results from studies

76% of patients reported a reduction in daytime tiredness when wearing an oral appliance¹

84% of patients reported an improvement in the quality of night sleep when wearing an oral appliance¹

90% of patients reported a reduction of snoring and apneas when wearing an oral appliance¹

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11325-003-0131-7

 

 

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