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When there is an obstructive sleep apneic event, breathing totally stops. In just a few seconds, your blood oxygen levels begin to go down and your carbon dioxide levels start to go up. The first physiological response from your brain is that it senses this and at first attempts to get more blood to your system by increasing your heart rate significantly, which in turn causes an increase in blood pressure. As more seconds go by, many patients will begin to clench their teeth together as the muscles try to open the airway. Oxygen levels continue to decrease, and at some point the brain figures out there is an obstruction and the patient will gasp or cough to clear the obstruction until the next apneic event occurs. In some patients this can cycle through over a hundred different events in the course of one night.
The end result is the patient awakens the next morning thinking that they’ve slept for eight hours, but in fact they have been in an oxygen-depleted and fractured sleep pattern that never allows them to enter the deeper zones of sleep where all the magic happens. That magic in deep sleep is when all of your neurotransmitters are replenished, your hormonal system gets balanced, and your immune system gets bolstered. When this occurs repeatedly over time, health and well-being issues are compromised and patients start to feel their vitality slip away and have discounted it as a fact of aging.
Obstructive sleep apnea can be reversed by getting oxygen to the brain and re-establishing the deep sleep we all need to be healthy.
That is done by making sure air is getting into your lungs through your airway without interruption. There are two ways to do this:
Come see us for a consultation to see if an oral appliance will work in your situation. We can tell with a free 90-second test to determine if an appliance will work in your situation: 713-828-8587.