Sleep is important. Perhaps more important than you actually realise. According to recent statistics, 93% Indians are sleep deprived, which is alarming.
Sleep deprivation can often be the result of various sleep disorders. Insomnia, sleepwalking, Narcolepsy and also sleep apnea are the various kinds of sleep disorders.
Among the mentioned disorders one of the most dangerous sleep disorders which affects a person is sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder where the breathing of a person suffering from it stops and starts continuously. Continuous interruption of breath while sleeping is dangerous as even though the body being at rest, the brain, lung and heart do not get enough oxygen.
A person suffering from sleep apnea can stop breathing multiple times while sleeping. Sometimes even a hundred times! It also happens irrespective of age and gender.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea:
Now that you know that sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous disease, it is essential to know how can it be treated.
There are many treatments, including home remedies like losing weight, avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills, changing sleep positions, stop smoking and avoiding sleeping on the back.
However, for major cases of sleep apnea the treatments are much more adverse.
One of the most common and also effective to some extent treatments which are used for treating sleep apnea are Oral Devices.
CPAP – Continuous Positive Air Pressure
CPAP is still one of the most prescribed methods used to reduce sleep apnea. The main aim for using dental devices is to keep the airway of the person open so that there can be an inlet for air at all times.
Since CPAP was often not opted by many patients oral devices were made which performed the same task as CPAP.
Oral appliances come in different designs and custom made for the patient’s comfort and help in creating an airway for the patient.
Just like every other treatment for sleep apnea, even oral appliances for sleep apnea have their pros and cons.
The pros are:
- Oral appliances are portable unlike CPAP, which makes it easier for them to be carried along while travelling.
- The dental appliances are more cost effective than a CPAP machine.
However the cons are:
- Even though they are custom made, they can be uncomfortable to wear.
- Less effective in treating severe cases of sleep apnea
- May cause excess of saliva
For any of these treatments, it is of utmost importance that you understand and consult with a reputed doctor to make sure, the situation does not worse. Visit us at GA Dental so our dentists can provide you with the best dental appliances and help you sleep without fear.
About Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri:
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Root Canal, Braces, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.
About the Clinic:
GA Dental Clinics is a standout amongst the all the famous dental hospitals in Hyderabad, owing to the world class infrastructure it has, and the utility of leading edge technology at the clinic. Besides its unique infrastructure and highly qualified specialists, GA Dental clinic in Hyderabad believes in delivering services at par with global standards.