Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts your breathing when you are sleeping. This is usually caused by an obstruction blocking the back of the throat so that air can not reach the lungs.


The cessation of breathing automatically forces you to wake up to start breathing again. This can happen many times during the night, making it difficult for your body get enough oxygen, and preventing him from getting quality sleep good enough for the necessary rest.


What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?


Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep preventing the entry of air to the lungs caused by an obstruction. These periods of "respiratory arrest" only become clinically significant if the cessation lasts more than 10 seconds each and occur more than 10 times every hour.


OSA only happens during sleep, it is a lack of muscle tone in the upper airway that causes them to collapse. During the day, we have enough muscle tone to keep the airway open allowing normal breathing. When you experience an episode of apnea during sleep the brain will automatically wake you up, usually with a very loud snoring, to breathe again. People with OSA experience these episodes of waking several times during the night and consequently feel very sleepy during the day: they have an airway that is more likely to collapse than normal.

Why is sleep apnea is a serious risk to your health?


Every time an apnea occurs, the body increases its effort to breathe and your vital organs fight for oxygen. This alerts the brain to wake up and make you breathe again. You may have several hundred apneas per night and adverse effects on your body build up night after night, day after day. Research shows that snoring and sleep apnea are associated with many serious diseases. If left untreated, your condition is a risk factor that contributes to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and depression, among others.


Sleep apnea is a serious condition and individuals with OSA may not be aware they have a problem. If someone close to you spoke of his loud snoring and noticed that you often wake up suddenly, panting and breathless, you should consult your oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Prentice by telephone 11 5044-7477 or by the page Contact!


Symptoms of sleep apnea


Those who have OSA are often unaware of their condition and think they sleep well. The symptoms that usually motivate these people to seek help are daytime drowsiness or complaints of snoring and breathing cessations observed by a bed partner.


Other symptoms may include:

• Snore with breathing pauses (apnea)

• Excessive daytime sleepiness

• Shortness of breath or choking during sleep

• Restless sleep

• Problem with mental activities

• Lack of Concentration and Focus at Work

• Memory loss

• Irritability

• High blood pressure

• Chest pain at night

• Depression

• Problem with excess weight

• Neck thick (> 17 "diameter in men,> 16" in women)

• Densification of the airways

• Headaches in the morning

• Reduction of libido

• Frequent trips to the bathroom at night


Obstructive sleep apnea can be treated effectively. Depending on whether it is mild, moderate or severe, the doctor will choose the best treatment for you. (See Treatment page).


The solution with the Anti-Snoring and Sleep Apnea Device


The Anti-Snoring and Apnea device developed by Dr. de Oliveira Prenticesidinei treats both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), advancing the jaw forward. It is a device tailor made consisting of upper and lower dental plaque with a single coupling mechanism. If necessary, one component can be added to make the device adjustable by providing adjustable levels and incremental advancement of the jaw, which improves the effectiveness and comfort level of treatment, as the jaw is moved only in so far as is necessary to relieve snoring and eliminate the risk of OSA. (Learn more on the page Anti-Snoring Device)

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Prentice by telephone 11 5044-7477 or via the Contact page!