Introduction

Snoring vs. OSA
(Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

What is Snoring?

What is OSA?
(Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

What is OAT?
(Oral Appliance Therapy)
 

Snoring vs. Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

When you are asleep, the soft tissues of your throat relax, fall back and can block your airway. If there is partial blockage of your airway, these soft tissues vibrate and create Snoring.

 

 

If there is total blockage of your airway with no air flow for 10 secs or more, then there is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

The typical sufferer tends to be a loud snorer, whose breathing is interrupted by a silent period lasting 10 seconds to a minute or more! This silence of no breathing will be repeatedly interrupted by a loud choking, gasping, and/or snorting, often hundreds of times during the night, causing severe drops in critical oxygen to your brain. The body's own natural, automatic, physiological homeostatic mechanisms react immediately to protect you as you sleep and you may not even be aware, but these defensive mechanisms can incredibly impact on your overall health, quality of life and your life itself.

Good quality sleep is critical as these repeated interruptions of no breathing with lack of oxygen can be most deadly if left untreated.

 

 

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