Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people around the world. Understanding its causes and symptoms is crucial for early detection and effective treatment. One of the main causes of sleep apnea is obesity. Excess weight can lead to an accumulation of fat in the neck area, which can obstruct the airway during sleep. Another cause is anatomical factors such as narrow airways or a large tongue that can block airflow.
Symptoms of sleep apnea can vary from person to person, but some common indicators include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, excessive daytime drowsiness, morning headaches, and difficulty concentrating. If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious consequences on your health. It has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even depression. That's why it's important to seek professional help if you suspect you may have this condition.
Appliance therapy is a highly effective treatment option for individuals suffering from sleep apnea. But how does it actually work? Let's delve deeper into the mechanism behind this innovative solution.
It's important to understand that appliance therapy involves the use of oral devices that are custom-made to fit your mouth comfortably. These devices work by repositioning your jaw and keeping your airway open during sleep. By doing so, they help prevent episodes of blocked airflow and reduce or eliminate snoring.
The key principle behind appliance therapy is called mandibular advancement. This means that the device pushes your lower jaw forward slightly, which in turn moves the tongue away from the back of your throat. This helps maintain a clear passage for air to flow freely while you sleep.
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