Introduction

Snoring vs. OSA
(Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

What is Snoring?

What is OSA?
(Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

What is OAT?
(Oral Appliance Therapy)

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea - OSA ?

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a potentially, life-threatening breathing medical disorder that occurs when there is complete blockage of your respiratory airway causing no airflow for 10 seconds or more during sleep. OSA is caused by a blockage by the soft tissues of the throat - the soft palate, the uvula, the soft lining tissues of the throat, and the tongue - as they relax, fall back and collapse during your sleep. Man's airway extends from the nose and mouth through the throat and down to the lungs and is like a hollow tube. There is an increase in airflow through the narrowed areas of this hollow tube which causes a rapid drop in pressure at that area ("Bernoulli's Principle"). This negative pressure pulls the throat tissues, especially the tongue, inward into the tube and literally sucks the tongue against the throat, totally blocking the airway. Air flow and oxygen are literally cut off for 10 seconds to a minute or more in some severe apnea patients. Remember: Man can go without food or water for days, but only SECONDS without oxygen. These severe drops in blood oxygen levels immediately causes alarm signals to be sent to your brain. Your body reacts by increasing heart rate, cardiac output, and blood pressure - desperately trying to get more deoxygenated blood to your lungs and more oxygenated blood out to your brain and body. Serious cardiovascular and respiratory responses occur during your sleep apnea, often with you unaware. Consider the loud snoring, gasping, choking &/or snorting sounds as your body's alarm bells going off - warning you that your entire body is very upset and disturbed - not just your breathing and your sleep.

 

 

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