OSA occurs when the soft palate at the rear of the oral cavity closes against the back of the tongue and creates a blockage in the airway during sleep. According to a 2009 study by the Public Health Agency of Canada:
Over one in four Canadian adults (26%) is at high risk for having obstructive sleep apnea based on the presence of three or more of seven risk factors/symptoms for obstructive sleep apnea: snoring loud enough to be heard through closed doors; often feeling tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime; having been observed to stop breathing during their sleep; having been diagnosed with high blood pressure; having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 kg/m; being over the age of 50 years; and being male.
The word apnea means 'no breathing', and sleep apnea refers to pauses in breathing that occur during sleep. On average, these pauses last for 10 to 30 seconds, until the brain reacts to overcome the problem. With each episode of apnea, blood oxygen levels are reduced (hypoxia), and sleep is disturbed as the sleeper must wake briefly to resume breathing. However, the sleeper typically does not become fully awake, and usually has no recollection of the awakening. This cycle happens repeatedly throughout the night, interfering with the normal sleep pattern that one needs to feel rested and refreshed in the morning.
Sleep disturbances and repeated reductions in blood oxygen levels result in excessive daytime sleepiness, reduced quality of life, and impaired cognitive function such as memory loss and poor concentration. Additionally, sleepiness, which is the primary symptom of sleep apnea, increases the risk of motor vehicle collisions and work-related injuries. Sleep apnea is associated with serious health conditions that include: hypertension, ischemic heart disease, irregular heart beat, heart failure, cerebrovascular disease, depression, and type 2 diabetes.
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Weight, age and sex of the individual are also factors with older men being the highest risk category. The increase in obesity among children and young adults does not bode well for the future and similar statistics can be expected across other races and cultures.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the recognized “gold standard” in treatment of the condition. It requires wearing a mask and being tethered to an air pump throughout the night and, unfortunately, up to 40% of those who begin using these devices cannot tolerate them, discontinue use, and remain untreated.
The RespireAide device works by supporting the soft palate while keeping the tongue in a more forward position, thereby reducing the incidence of closures and obstructions. Apneas can be reduced by up to 95%, depending on the success of the individual in making the proper adjustments in the fitting process. Because it is not a custom made device, it is inexpensive...approximately 10% of the cost of CPAP or traditional custom made dental devices. Since it does not necessitate wearing a mask and does not stress the teeth, muscles or connective tissues in the jaw, it can be a viable alternative for many apnea sufferers.
For more information, or to purchase the RespireAide Sleep Apnea Solution online, please visit the website at http://www.RespireAide.com.
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