Sleep apnea is a major problem that strikes a lot of Americans every year. The condition literally translates to the cessation of breathing while sleeping. It doesn't take a doctor or nurse to figure out that stopping breathing is a bad thing as far as your well-being is concerned.
Sleep apnea (commonly misspelled as sleep apena or sleep apnia) is brought about by the structural changes along the airway that may cause some sort of obstruction during the respiratory process. This could any be of the following:
- The back of the tongue can sometimes roll back into the pharynx and block the respiratory canal either partially or completely. This can be quite dangerous since it can lead to the decreased concentration of oxygen in the lungs and in turn, in the blood. This type of condition can give rise to many sleeping disorders.
- The tonsils could also be the culprit. Sometimes, these tissues can grow to sizes that block the entry from the mouth. When this happens, it's very likely that the obesity of the person is the main reason why the tonsils block the passageway of air. Surgical operation is commonly the main option for management and definitive treatment. Sadly, no amount of sleeping aids can fix this problem, since the tonsils are too far into the person's throat to be helped by a mouth piece.
- Laxity and increased mass anywhere within the oral cavity could also be the cause. People who are morbidly obese have a far higher chance of getting this problem. Usually, heavy snoring at nighttime is a sign of this condition.
If you're suffering from these symptoms, one effective solution is to use a mouth piece that's designed to help people who are at risk for sleep apnea. The device is usually made out of non-toxic plastic and can be worn in the patient's mouth before he or she goes to bed. The science is surprisingly simple; by having the device inside the person's mouth, it keeps the muscles of the mouth tense and reduces the likelihood of it sagging and occluded. It also prevents the back of the tongue from rolling into the pharynx.
Among the side benefits of using the mouth piece is the cessation of snoring. While most people equate snoring with getting better sleep, the sound is actually due to the flapping of the muscle or tissue that is occluding the respiratory airway. Imagine how a ball inside a whistle flutters as it is blown – that's precisely how the sound if produced. Therefore, rather than being a sign of better sleep, snoring is actually a sign that the person might be having some difficulty breathing.
With mouth pieces, it would be easier for people suffering from sleep apnea to sleep better, and therefore get enough rest at night. Mouth pieces can also be potential life savers, as they prevent suffocation from lack of air. Not only do you wake up feeling refreshed, you also prevent the possibility of suffocation and death while sleeping.