Your question is timely as more research and knowledge is accumulating in the area of sleep and sleep disorders. Some helpful things you can do for yourself if you have sleep apnea include losing weight and exercising. In conclusion, chronic loud snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, and daytime sleepiness are neither benign nor inconsequential and should be addressed early to avoid serious health problems. This can be quite dangerous to health as blockage of the upper airway causes reduced airflow into the lungs and therefore low blood oxygen levels. These devices may look like orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards but are designed to maintain an opened, unobstructed, upper airway during sleep.

However, determining the best treatment is enhanced by joint consultation with your physician and dentist. His dentist needs to work with a physician as part of the medical team in diagnosis, treatment, and on-going care of your husband's sleep disorder. And when oxygen levels drop low enough, the brain moves out of deep sleep and the individual partially awakens followed by a loud gasp as the flow of air starts again. There are many different oral appliances available but less than 20 have been approved through the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for treating sleep apnea. It is also important to note that only dentists trained in sleep disorders and related oral appliance therapy are familiar with the various designs of appliances.

The combination of low oxygen levels and fragmented sleep are the major contributors to most of the ill effects associated with sleep apnea. In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness, studies show that sleep apnea patients are much more likely to suffer from heart attack, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, brain damage and strokes, as well as a higher incidence of work and driving-related accidents.

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