Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. When someone stops breathing repeatedly during sleep, he or she has sleep apnea. There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. This condition occurs when the throat muscles relax during sleep and block your airway. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring, but many snorers do not have sleep apnea.
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
Although anyone can develop obstructive sleep apnea, it is most common among overweight middle-aged or older adults. Treatment often involves the use of a specialized device (called a C-PAP or B-PAP) to keep the airway open with continuous positive air pressure and enable normal breathing during sleep. C-PAP/B-PAP users have to wear masks that must be cleaned regularly, along with tubes and filters that must be replaced regularly. Many users find the devices uncomfortable to use. Thankfully, modern sleep apnea management services in Reston VA can help.
Oral appliances, such as night guards, are a comfortable alternative for some people with sleep apnea. These devices are designed to keep the throat open, either by positioning the jaw forward, which can relieve snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, or by repositioning the tongue
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