Sleep apnea and snoring

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is quite a serious sleeping disorder, especially given that people who suffer from the disorder repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. Breathing pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes, sometimes occurring 30 times or more each hour.

There are two main types of sleep apnea:

1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Much more common, this type of sleep apnea occurs when your tongue and other soft tissue in your mouth collapse and are sucked up against the back of your throat, effectively blocking your airway, stopping good oxygen flow.

2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

In this type of sleep apnea, your airway is not blocked. Rather, your brain fails to signal to your muscles to breathe, usually as a result of instability in your respiratory control centre

Approximately 70% of people who regularly snore have obstructive sleep apnea. Generally, the snoring will maintain its momentum at a regular pace, before becoming louder, and then suddenly falling silent for a long period of time, during which breathing does not take place. This silence is then interrupted by a loud gasp, and the snoring recommences.

Our sleep apnea treatments

Here at totalcare, we are passionate about assessing this serious disorder and work very closely with a Sleep Technician and ENT specialists to diagnose and best treat the problem. Following sleep studies which give as proper measured data of your sleep patterns, oxygen levels during sleeping and depth of sleep we can recommend various options including constructing custom oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. Our remedies prevent the soft tissue at the back of your throat and tongue from collapsing into your airway. An oral appliance does this by shifting the lower part of your jaw forwards, bringing your tongue along with it. This leaves the airway at the back of your throat completely clear. Our oral appliances are made to be adjustable so that we can slowly bring your jaw forward, ensuring your comfort at all times. The end result: a comfortable fit and You (and your partner) can finally have a good night’s sleep, uninterrupted by snoring, and wake up feeling refreshed.

Why opt for sleep apnea solutions?

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a wide variety of health issues, including stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, depression, and headaches.
Sleep apnea can cause poor performance in everyday activities (like school and work) because of interrupted and poor sleep patterns.