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Healthy Start Sleep Disordered Breathing Programs

Healthy Start Sleep Disordered Breathing Programs are designed to correct many of the conditions that arise from having sleep disorders. Research has found that many problems such as bedwetting, snoring, hyperactivity and even ADD/ADHD can be linked to sleep disorders. The Healthy Start sleep disordered breathing programs work to find the root cause of the symptom and then correct it. Correction can mean a lot of things, but many times sleep disorders can be solved with a simple dental appliance that is worn at night and helps your child’s jaw stay aligned and their teeth grow in straight.

What IS Sleep Disordered Breathing?

Sleep disordered breathing encompasses many different breathing problems. Snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) are all disorders associated with increased upper airway resistance. Of all of these, snoring is by far the most prevalent and is also the most likely to be looked over. This is unfortunate because it is one of the early warning signs of sleep disordered breathing.

Research now indicates that snoring could be one of the first clinical signs of a condition the Healthy Start sleep disordered breathing program, available in Hilliard, Ohio, can help to correct. It also shows that snoring can progress from simply snoring, to upper airway resistance syndrome, to obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome. Snoring in and of itself, however, does not produce sleep apnea or hypoventilation symptoms and is not dangerous.

What Makes Snoring Progress?

It is well documented that people who are overweight have a higher incidence of snoring and also other more serious sleep disordered breathing syndromes. Use of certain drugs and alcohol can also cause snoring to progress to a more serious problem. Anything that makes your airway structure relax to the point that it obstructs the airway can lead to a more serious problem.

Treatment for snoring before it progresses is very non-invasive. First is to ensure that you know that alcohol, muscle relaxants, obesity and tobacco consumption should all be stopped. They are outside factors that contribute to the problem. Treatments for snoring can include nasal dilators, tongue-retaining devices, mandibular advancement appliances are all available to curb the snoring. The device used is relative to the cause of the snoring. If anatomic abnormalities are determined to be the cause of your snoring, surgical options may be available. These abnormalities include nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum or polyps.

What Is Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome?

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome has symptoms that are similar to obstructive sleep apnea that can be treated with the Healthy Start sleep disordered breathing program can treat. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome is suspected when you have a lot of daytime sleepiness that seems to have no reason. The daytime sleepiness is a result of being repeatedly aroused from a deep sleep into a light sleep. This in turn causes you to feel tired during the day. The arousals can last 10 seconds or more and are 1 to 3 breaths in duration. This syndrome differs from obstructive sleep apnea because it doesn’t cause the oxygen levels to decrease.

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome is only diagnosed by clinical signs. Excessive daytime sleepiness and daily fatigue are two of the most common symptoms that suggest this syndrome. Other problems you may have are difficulty concentrating, or you may have headaches in the morning. You could also have trouble falling asleep or even experience insomnia despite how tired you are. Snoring is not a feature of this syndrome.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea Syndrome

Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea Syndrome is by far the most serious of the sleep disorders. It can also be treated by Hilliard, Ohio’s Healthy Start sleep disordered breathing program administered by Mark Levy DDS. Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea syndrome is characterized by repetitive obstruction of the airways as you sleep that results in partial or complete airway obstruction. A partial obstruction is referred to as hypopnea while a total obstruction is referred to as apnea. Both of these result in varying degrees of oxygen loss.

Clinical sign again are the method of diagnosing this syndrome. You must have 5 obstructed breathing events per hour whether they are a result of a partial or totally obstructed airway. You must also awaken repeatedly during the night, experience daytime fatigue and daytime sleepiness. You must also have at least two choking or gasping for air events as you sleep and suffer from poor concentration. Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea Syndrome can occur at any age, but its prevalence appears to increase with age.

The cause for many sufferers seems to be a smaller than average upper airway size and some also have a different upper airway shape. These contribute to the ability of your tongue or other structures to easily block the airway as you relax. Jaw position that is a familial trait can also contribute which is why the Healthy Start sleep disordered breathing programs are so vital for children.

If you think you have sleep apnea, contact Mark Levy, DDS at (614) 777-7350 for an evaluation and referral to a sleep center, if necessary.