Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Baton Rouge, LA

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses, blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder the person tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain awakens the person. Unconsciously, he or she will close the jaw returning the tongue and throat to a normal position.

Sleep Apnea

What is Snoring?

Snoring occurs when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through the smaller opening. This creates sound vibrations in the throat known as snoring.

The Cycle of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The cycle of falling asleep, jaw relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously awakening with a gasp, falling back asleep can repeat itself up to one time per minute or more in severe cases during the night. With a blocked airway, the person does not receive enough oxygen. Both the awakenings and oxygen deprivation can then trigger both minor and severe health problems.

Can Snoring be a warning sign?

Absolutely, when sleep apnea is involved. Ask yourself or your sleep partner these questions:

  • Do you snore?
  • Are you tired or irritable during the day?
  • Do you doze off while watching TV, reading, or performing daily activities?
  • Does your snoring awaken your bed partner?
  • Have you or your bed partner observed that you stop breathing or gasp for breath while sleeping?
  • Do you have some or all of these unhealthy symptoms listed in this article?

If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions you may have a sleep disorder. Snoring and sleep apnea may cause Chronic Sleepiness, Strokes, Heart Attacks, Heartburn, Depression, Morning Headaches, High Blood Pressure and Impotence.

Problems of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is very common and affects more than twleve million Americans, according to the National Institute of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children.

Untreated Sleep Apnea can cause:

  • Chronic Sleepiness
  • Strokes
  • Heart Attacks
  • Heartburn
  • Morning Headaches
  • Depression
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Impotence

Research shows that 74% of American Adults experience sleeping problems a few nights a week or more; and more than one in three (37%) are so sleepy during the day that their sleepiness interfers with their activities. Sleeping problems may affect your performance at work and increase your risk of injury or illness. Sleeping problems may also cause strain in personal relationships. Untreated sleep apnea may also be responsible for motor vehicle crashes. The quality of your sleep affects your daily activities and has a huge impact on the overall quality of your life. If you are not getting enough quality sleep during the night then you and your body may suffer. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Dr. Farrell Fruge' offers the TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) Appliance. If you are someone who has these symptoms contact Dr. Fruge' and try a non-invasive, non-surgical approach to this problem.

The TAP Appliance

TAP ApplianceDr. Farrell Fruge' offers the TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) Appliance which is proven to treat Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea and Snoring. The Tap appliance is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR. The airway must be opened to allow air to pass through the throat. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring and/or sleep apnea. Its design is similar to an athletic mouth guard and is worn while sleeping. The Tap appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. The appliance maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing. Developed with advanced dental technology, the Tap appliance reduces sleep apnea associated health risks without the need for surgery, medications or other more cumbersome therapy.

The TAP Appliance is effective

The tap is simple to use and is helping snorers and their families get to sleep all night long. Here are the advantages of using the Tap appliance:

  • TAP immediately stops snoring for over 95% of wearers
  • TAP is comfortable to use
  • TAP treats symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea
  • TAP is inexpensive compared to alterative treatments
  • TAP does not require surgery, which is usually   unsuccessful
  • TAP does not require the use of masks

During your first visit, Dr. Fruge' will do a complete history and thorough oral exam in order to determine if you are a candidate for the oral appliance treatment. Contact Dr. Fruge' today to make an appointment.

Alternative to CPAP Therapy

The TAP Appliance is effective in the treatment of snoring, mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea and for those who cannot tolerate the CPAP therapy.

*Various side effects of the CPAP include: claustrophobia, chemical sensitivity, or facial sores due to the CPAP mask; dry nose, nose bleeds, infections, swelling or irritation of the eyes, dry throat; or consistent mask or hose leaks. Johnson,T. Scott, M.D.; Broughton, William A. M.D.; Halberstadt, Jerry. Sleep Apnea: The Phantom of the Night. 2002.

For more information on Sleep Apnea Treatment in the Baton Rouge, LA call C. Farrell Fruge, Jr., D.D.S. at 225-292-9700 today!