SNORING-SLEEP APNEA Treatment in Beirut-Lebanon (WE CAN HELP YOU)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep preventing air from entering the lungs caused by an obstruction. These periods of 'stopping breathing' only become clinically significant if the cessation lasts for more than 10 seconds each time and occur more than 10 times every hour. OSA only happens during sleep, as it is a lack of muscle tone in your upper airway that causes the airway to collapse. During the day we have sufficient muscle tone to keep the airway open allowing for normal breathing. When you experience an episode of apnoea during sleep your brain will automatically wake you up, usually with a very loud snore or snort, in order to breathe again. People with OSA will experience these wakening episodes many times during the night and consequently feel very sleepy during the day: they have an airway that is more likely to collapse than normal.
How Do I Know I Have Sleep Apnea?
People with sleep apnea may complain of excessive daytime sleepiness often with irritability or restlessness. But it is normally the bed partner, family or friends who notice the symptoms first. Sufferers may experience some of the following:
•Extremely loud heavy snoring, often interrupted by pauses and gasps
•Excessive daytime sleepiness, e.g., falling asleep at work, whilst driving, during conversation or when watching TV. (This should not be confused with excessive tiredness with which we all suffer from time to time)
•Irritability, short temper
•Changes in mood or behaviour
•Anxiety or depression
•Decreased interest in sex
Remember, not everyone who has these symptoms will necessarily have sleep apnoea. We possibly all suffer from these symptoms from time to time but people with sleep apnoea demonstrate some or all of these symptoms all the time.
Treating Sleep Apnea
There are several forms of treatment for sleep apnoea. In mild and moderate cases weight loss and the use of mandibular advancement devices can be wholly successful. In moderate and severe cases mandibular advancement device or nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) are normally prescribed.
The Narval CC™ is a custom-made mandibular repositioning device (MRD). It has patented physiological articulation and unique comfortable splints to optimise patient acceptance and treatment efficacy.
Thousands of patients benefit from this simple yet effective therapy and it is recognised by specialists as a discreet and comfortable oral appliance.
How it works
The Narval CC™ retains the mandible - lower jaw - in a forward position which brings forward the base of the tongue and increases the space behind the tongue.
This has a double impact:
- It reduces the risk of obstruction or collapse of the airway, and decreases the frequency of apnoeas or hypopnoea which lead to sleep fragmentation.
- The speed at which the air is inhaled decreases, reducing the snoring that is caused by the vibration of soft tissues in the throat.