Sleep Soundly with Sleep Apnea Treatment
Marked by periods of loud snoring, obstructive sleep apnea describes an obstruction in your airway caused by oral and throat tissues. The snoring grows louder as the airway closes, and then stops as your breathing ceases. After a few moments, your brain will force your body to clear its airway and start breathing again, which disturbs your sleep cycle even if you aren’t aware of what’s happening.
The longer sleep apnea is left untreated, the greater impact it can have on the quality of your sleep and your overall health. By interrupting your breathing, the condition can stop you from entering deep, R.E.M. sleep, which can lead to exhaustion, a weaker immune system, increased irritability, and a greater risk of cardiovascular health problems.
To help you stop snoring and alleviate obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Criss may be able to provide a customized oral appliance designed to keep your airway open throughout the night. As an alternative to the more cumbersome CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, an oral appliance provides a more comfortable and significantly less invasive solution to help you sleep soundly and peacefully all night long.