What is obstructive sleep apnea?
“Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — also called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome — occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep. During an obstructive sleep apnea episode, the diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to open the obstructed airway and pull air into the lungs. Breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp, snort, or body jerk. These episodes can interfere with sound sleep. They can also reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.” There is a range of sleep apnea from just a slight vibration to death from asphyxiation at its extreme. But in between there can be milder symptoms such as snoring. The decrease in oxygen can lead to many chronic diseases, as well as decreased normal patterns of brain function and relaxation, which leaves most with daytime drowsiness and decreased efficiency.
How do we treat sleep apnea?
Traditionally the only treatment available for individuals with sleep apnea is what is called, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, or if extreme obstruction, surgery. The CPAP is vital so that the person gets enough oxygen, but what isn’t really being addressed is the space issue that obstructs airway. Additionally, the machines are expensive, big and uncomfortable, and most aren’t compliant with them. Fortunately, there is another option. There is a strong relationship between posture and the stomatognathic system, and working together using craniopathy in combination with functional dentistry has proven effective as a means of alternative treatment.
See the latest research on this topic.
SOT Cranial Therapy with an Occlusal Splint for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Blocked Sinus
Rachel Hamel DC, Mamal Rahimi DDS, and Charles Blum DC