Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last for several seconds to several minutes, and may occur, by definition, at least 5 times in an hour. After an examination, we can recommend various treatments that could help you. Introducing a CPAP breathing machine or nasal obstruction surgery are some of the ways it can be handled.
Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. It is a common problem among all ages and both genders, and it affects approximately 90 million American adults. To help treat your snoring, our experts will first have to examine your snoring patterns.Depending on the results of the sleep study, you will be presented with a series of options to treat snoring. These will generally include surgery or introducing appliances like the CPAP
Often times, when a patient requests a sleep appliance it’s because their sleeping partner has complained about snoring. We help patients (and their partners) get the rest they need with snore guards and sleep appliances.
About Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Many factors contribute to snoring such as excess weight, age, habits (smoking, drinking, use of sedatives, etc.), allergies, and infection.
For some patients, snoring can be a sign of Sleep Apnea, a hazardous medical condition that causes the snorer to stop breathing for several seconds – up to two minutes. Decreased levels of oxygen in the blood can lead to headaches, fatigue and in rare cases, sudden death.
To treat snoring, Dr. Gupta will fabricate a customized, removable oral appliance, similar to a sports mouth-guard. The snore guard is worn during sleep and prevents the movement of the tongue to the back of the throat. Patients who use a snore guard will snore less and frequently will stop snoring completely.
A sleep apnea appliance is designed to open up the airway space and advance the tongue forward. Dr. Gupta can fabricate this appliance for you if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Most patients prefer a dental appliance for sleep apnea treatment compared to the CPAP and/or laser surgery.