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Sleep Apnea and an Alternative to the CPAP Machine

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. One sign of possible sleep apnea is if you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep. It untreated, apnea can lead to serious health problems. In addition to snoring, you can read about symptoms of chronic snoring and sleep apnea in our prior post.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea – this is the more common form and it occurs when throat muscles relax
  • Central sleep apnea – this type occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome –the individual has both types of sleep apnea (obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea).

Sleep apnea treatment

A common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure—or CPAP—therapy. This requires a CPAP machine with a hose and face mask or nosepiece that delivers constant, steady air pressure to the user. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it?

Although many people tolerate CPAP without incident, many others find the machine and mask to be bothersome at best and something to be avoided at all costs on the other end. The latter group are the people seeking a CPAP alternative due to common complaints with the CPAP mask:

  • Poor fit, wrong size
  • Mask leaks
  • Can’t get used to it
  • Can’t tolerate the forced air
  • Nose is dry and stuff
  • Dry mouth
  • Feelings of claustrophobia/closed in
  • Irritates the skin, causes pressure sore
  • Makes it hard to fall asleep
  • Noise

In addition, there are some practical concerns for some people; for instance, those who travel, and would have to pack up and carry their CPAP machine with them wherever they go.

Alternatives to CPAP for apnea treatment

For sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea, there is an easy alternative to CPAP machines and CPAP masks—an non-invasive dental appliance developed by Dr. Warren Boardman of Bergen County Center for Snoring, Sleep Apnea and CPAP Intolerance. Similar to a sports mouth guard or one made for orthodontia, this is a custom-fitted mouthpiece worn while you sleep . . . and effective alternative to a CPAP mask and machine to treat sleep apnea and chronic snoring.

Contact Dr. Boardman’s office in Ridgewood, NJ for a consultation and this easy-to-use, easy-to-tolerate oral device—and join more than 1300 other people throughout northern New Jersey and the NY/NY metro area who are resting easy and sleeping better, thanks to this innovative alternative to a CPAP machine.

2019-09-30T18:55:34+00:00September 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea and an Alternative to the CPAP Machine

The Basics of Snoring and Snoring Solutions

Have you ever caught yourself snoring? Suddenly waking up because of the noise you’re making? How about your partner? Has he or she poked, prodded and pushed you over as a snoring solution?

What is snoring?

Snoring is the sound—often quite loud—that occurs when your throat tissues in your throat vibrate as air flows past them when you breathe. It’s normal for any of us to snore occasionally but when it becomes chronic—disturbing your sleep as well as your partner’s—it’s time to seek out ways to stop snoring. This is especially true if it turns out the snoring is an indication of a serious health condition.

Why people snore

The causes of snoring may be the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, allergies, congestion, alcohol consumption, or being overweight. In general, men are more likely than women to snore as well.

The reasons why you may snore are related to your airway (if too narrow, the airflow becomes forced), how relaxed the tissues in your throat are (if too relaxed they may partially block your airway), and vibration of throat tissues (more vibrating creates more volume). Sleep position may also affect snoring (which is why people roll over as a snoring solution).

In many cases, snoring is a result of the sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea, which carries with it symptoms that include:

  • Witnessed breathing pauses or slowdowns during sleep – loud snoring followed by periods of silence when breathing stops
  • Gasping or choking at night
  • Chest pain at night
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headaches
  • Sore throat upon awakening
  • High blood pressure

Risk factors of chronic snoring

Habitual snorers not only deal with interrupted sleep (for themselves and their partners) but they may also be at risk for serious health problems that develop due to the chronic headaches, cardiac strain, low oxygen levels in the blood, drowsiness or fatigue during the day, and more. All these factors make it important to seek professional medical help to determine the factors causing you to snore—and work with a health practitioner to reduce or stop snoring.

Have you tried an anti-snoring mouthpiece?

While there medical devices and surgery available that could reduce habitual and disruptive snoring, these are neither ideal nor well tolerated by everyone. However, there is an anti-snoring solution that’s non-invasive and easy to use—an oral snore guard developed by Dr. Warren Boardman. Similar to a sports mouth guard or one made for orthodontia, this mouthpiece is a custom-fitted snoring solution worn while you sleep, to help you stop snoring and treat sleep apnea simply and effectively.

If your snoring is driving your partner into another bedroom or causing you to lose sleep, energy and focus, contact the Bergen County Center for Snoring, Sleep Apnea and CPAP Intolerance for a consultation. Based in Ridgewood, NJ, the Bergen County Center has fitted more than 1300 people with custom anti-snoring oral appliances throughout northern New Jersey and the NY/NJ metro area.

2019-09-30T18:54:33+00:00September 16th, 2019|Comments Off on The Basics of Snoring and Snoring Solutions

Curing sleeping sickness — but do apnea remedies work?

From Northjersey.com:

The sleeping disorder sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It’s an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while a person is asleep. Those with untreated sleep apnea sometimes stop breathing hundreds of times during the night, often for a minute or longer. In most cases sleepers are unaware of these breathing stoppages because they don’t completely wake them up.

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2019-09-16T19:37:02+00:00August 9th, 2019|Comments Off on Curing sleeping sickness — but do apnea remedies work?