What is Sleep Apnea?
More than 22 million Americans suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, a condition studies have shown to be directly correlated to anxiety and chronic fatigue. If left untreated, it can lead to numerous serious health conditions or even death. If you or someone you love is suffering from sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing, we may be able to help.
When someone has sleep apnea, breathing stops frequently throughout the night. Breathing is essential to life; we need to breathe to release carbon dioxide and take in oxygen. The interruptions in breathing associated with sleep apnea can have a dramatic impact on your daily life and can even shorten your lifespan. Our dentist in Covington has the technology and training necessary to evaluate your case and determine which treatment can provide the solution you need.
Obstructive sleep apnea, OSA, is the most common form of sleep apnea. This occurs when breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Anyone can develop OSA, although it most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Loud Snoring
- Restless Sleep
- Waking up Choking or Gasping
- Vivid Dreams
- Morning Headaches
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Irregular Changes in Mood
- Weight Gain and Lack of Energy
The cause of obstructive sleep apnea is primarily connected to the airway: specifically whether it is free of blockage when a person lies down to sleep. Airway blockage can be caused by:
- Sleep Posture
- Spinal Column Problems
- Enlarged tongue, tonsils, or adenoids
- Fat deposits in the neck and throat from being overweight
The Vivos System
The Vivos System is a multi-disciplinary treatment protocol that may treat your sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing issues. The treatment, which averages 12-24 months in duration, is non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical.
Pneumopedics® is the physiologic enhancement of the upper airway via naturally-occurring and treatment-induced changes over time. The Vivos System incorporates the science of Pneumopedics® in its treatment protocols for addressing maxillary hypoplasia and mandibular retrusion.
The Vivos System can do more than improve your quality of life. An effective breathing wellness program like this can reduce the risk of dangerous conditions such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Learn more about Obstructive Sleep Apnea and obtain a plan to help you achieve a healthy night’s rest. Contact Allison Melancon, DDS to schedule your appointment.