As everyone knows, sleep is extremely important, it gives the body time to rest, recover, develop and wake up feeling refreshed and happy. At Brookwater Dental, we are proud to be one of the only dentists in the Springfield and Ipswich areas to facilitate in the treatment of Sleep Breathing Disorders such as Sleep Apnea.
1) What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
When we sleep the body relaxes, as do all the muscles in the mouth, including the tongue which drops backwards. In some people this narrows the airway and causes snoring, as the soft tissue muscles vibrate when air tries to squeeze through.
In Obstructive Sleep Apnea the tongue drops so deep it periodically closes the airway for periods of 10-60 seconds. Sleep Apnea is diagnosed in patients where these episodes occur at least 5 times per hour. In severe cases they can occur over 60 times per hour!!!