What is Sleep-Disordered Breathing?
Sleep-Disordered Breathing is the common spectrum of conditions. This ranges from simple snoring that disrupts the sleep of others to repeated blockage or collapse of the airway that interrupts your breathing while you sleep. The most severe form of this sleep disorder is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
OSA occurs when your tongue and throat muscles relax and cause your tongue to fall back into the airway creating a blockage. This can provoke you to stop breathing numerous times while sleeping. The resulting loss of oxygen causes a spike in blood pressure, an adrenaline-fueled escalation in heart rate, and a fragmentation of the sleep cycle.
The brain recognizes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and responds by sending signals to your body to wake up and gasp for air. These episodes can happen hundreds of times each night, but most patients have no memory of them the next morning.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Loud and frequent snoring is one of the most common indications of sleep apnea. However, not everyone who snores suffers from a sleep disorder. Additional symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Frequently gasping for air at night
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Mood changes, like depression or irritability
- Lack of energy and motivation
- Acid Reflux
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Frequent urination at night
- Reduced libido
- Nighttime sweating
- Recent weight gain
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Taking a sleep study is the only way to get a proper diagnosis and receive the quality care you need. These tests can be administered overnight at a sleep clinic or in the comfort of your own home.
Dr. Bobbitt Shares His Personal Story
You’re Not Alone, I’m a Snorer Too!
“My wife was a sufferer, too—from my snoring, that is! At the age of 42, I began to snore so loudly at night that my wife essentially moved into the guest room to have any chance of getting a good night’s sleep. I should have predicted it. My parents and grandparents were all championship-level snorers–and my father was diagnosed with OSA at the age of 45. In 1986, he even had surgery to remove most of his palate, yet he continued his nightly cacophony until I found the answer. Since he was unable and unwilling to use a CPAP, he was stuck.
In 2006, I discovered Oral Sleep Appliances and fabricated them to limit our snoring and control OSA for my entire family. We have all had success and our respective spouses have “moved back in!” Now my patients are benefiting from our success, as well—please take a moment and read their testimonials.
Snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness are often the only visible symptoms of an insidious, potentially devastating condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s estimated that approximately 32 percent of the American adult population suffers from some type of sleep problem. 32 percent! In a country with 300 million people, that’s almost 100 million sufferers.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has compounded the importance of this issue by stating that drivers with sleep apnea are up to seven or more times as likely to be involved in a traffic accident than are people with normal sleep habits.
Despite the prevalence and growing demand for treatment of sleep-related ailments, a survey of medical schools in America found that the average 4-year medical school curriculum provided only two (2!) hours of study related to the entire array of sleep disorders. If statistics are to be believed, then our rapidly expanding population—with its rapidly expanding waistline will double or triple the number of people who are subjected to sleep disorders. If just half of that population were married the total number of people affected by sleep disorders is astronomical!”
At the age of 44, I went to the hospital for an overnight sleep study. It found that I stopped breathing 32 times per hour, every hour while I was asleep! I refused to suffer the medical complications my family experienced (heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure), so I hit the books and discovered the Science of Oral Appliance Therapy. I made an appliance for myself and cut my Sleep Apnea events to just 6 per hour–EUREKA! I had found the solution and an alternative for the CPAP and the often, unsuccessful surgical efforts. Now I provide these appliances to men and women alike with incredible results. Is an Oral Appliance for the control of Sleep Disordered Breathing right for you? Call me. Let’s find out.
— Dr. Scott F. Bobbitt
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions
Dr. Bobbitt offers effective treatments and CPAP alternatives for snoring and sleep apnea depending on your unique needs. We’ll do everything in our power to determine a solution that works best for you and put an end to your restless nights.
The first treatment prescribed for sleep apnea is often a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. It works by delivering a constant and steady air pressure through a tube and mask that’s worn each night. Though it’s effective, most patients are unhappy with their CPAP because it’s loud, uncomfortable, and restrictive.
Dr. Bobbitt offers custom-made oral appliances as a more comfortable alternative to CPAP. Oral appliances are fitted to your unique bite for maximum comfort and convenience. This device works by gently shifting your jaw forward, clearing any obstructions in your airway while you sleep. They’re small, quiet, portable, convenient, and easy to use.