Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic disorder. It is also known as OSA. People who suffer from OSA have shallow breathing or even stop breathing when they are asleep. Almost everybody has ever stopped breathing even if not very many times while sleeping. People with OSA do the following when they sleep. First they flow of air or pause their breathing many times than usual. They might start breathing again but they will do so with a choking sound or a loud snort. Lastly they have breathing pauses at least five times per hour. Sometimes it may even be once or twice per minute.
OSA can be severe, moderate or mild depending on the following. The first one is how many times does the affected person pause his or her breathing or has a lower airflow for every hour. The other one is how the oxygen level of the person suffering will drop during those times. The last one is the amount of drowsiness the person will feel during the day. Sleep apnea is familiar and may affect any person regardless of his or her age.
OSA if not treated may cause you to have poor quality sleep and this leads to daytime sleepiness. It may also increase the danger of driving accidents or work-related due to sleepiness. It may also increase the danger of health problems, diabetes included and even death. You should seek for medical assistance.
A Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is used to push air through the mask you will wear while sleeping. Air gets into your mouth or nose through the mask in order to keep airway and throat open. The doctor may also suggest the person to use the best sleep apnea mouthpiece which you should wear when sleeping. Mandibular advancement device (MAD) is the mouthpiece to be used. The mouthpiece will keep the airway open and your jaws forward. These devices are fitted and sold by a dentist who makes a model of your mouth. Both of the above treatments should be used each time you are sleeping for them to be effective. Lastly most of the people should use a MAD or CPAP forever. You just give a trial on them.