by Dr. Dana Rockey, DMD, Owner, Prescott Sleep Solutions
Obstructive sleep apnea affects nearly 1 billion people around the globe. While there may be some comfort in knowing you’re not alone in your struggles to sleep soundly, it doesn’t really help with your frustration in finding an effective solution.
Aside from losing sleep, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to serious complications such as high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, mental health issues and more.
To avoid the side effects and get the sleep you need, these oral solutions are available.
An oral appliance can keep your airway open. Much like mouth guards, these devices work by either moving your lower jaw forward or pressing your tongue down so it doesn’t slip backward.
The huge advances in laser technologies have come to sleep apnea in the form of NightLase. With this system, laser energy is delivered into the tissues at the back of your throat — rest assured, they don’t harm the surface area. Instead, the energy heats the tissue below the surface, eliciting a collagen response.
Collagen is the protein in your body that’s responsible for all of the support in your tissues. Inviting more collagen in the tissues in the back of your throat can tighten them so that they don’t collapse when you sleep.
This device does away with the bulky equipment and noise of the traditional CPAP machines and their variations. With the iNAP, you place a small device in your mouth when you sleep that creates negative pressure to prevent your tongue and soft tissues from collapsing.
The iNAP is small, comfortable, and rechargeable, making it ideal for people who travel.
In addition to these treatments, lifestyle changes can help. Losing weight, quitting smoking, adjusting sleep practices — these are examples of lifestyle changes you can make that will greatly improve your sleep apnea.