Sleep FAQs

Why am I Snoring?

During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth relax which shrink your airway. This increases the velocity of airflow during breathing. As the velocity of air passing in the airway increases, the soft tissues behind your tongue touch the back of your throat. The vibrations from this contact are what we call snoring. While snoring can be annoying, it may be a sign of a serious condition, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Why am I So Sleepy All Day?

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can rob you of restful sleep and oxygen at night, leaving you feeling sluggish, inattentive, and forgetful the next day.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when a person has trouble breathing while they sleep because something is blocking their airway. This blockage happens when the muscles in the throat relax too much, causing breathing to stop for a moment. When this happens repeatedly throughout the night, enough oxygen is not getting to the body, disrupting sleep and leading to health issues. The most common symptoms of OSA are loud snoring, choking or gasping during sleep, and feeling tired during the day. Because the blood oxygen in the body drops, the body cannot recover or restore itself as it should, thus the person is more susceptible to diseases, especially heart related conditions.

What are the Symptoms of OSA?

Symptoms of OSA include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, observed episodes of gasping at night, abrupt wakening up at night, constant nighttime urination, wakening with a dry mouth or sore throat, morning headaches, and difficulty concentrating during the day.

Can OSA Affect My Child?

Yes, obstructive sleep apnea affects children. In fact, signs of OSA often start in childhood. We now know kids experience all the symptoms of OSA listed above and the following additional signs. If you child has needed braces, a tonsillectomy, wisdom teeth removal, wets the bed, has difficulty in school, stunted growth, chronic allergies or was diagnosed with ADHD their airway may be constricted/underdeveloped.

How Does OSA Affect My Body?​

OSA is deadly because it reduces the body’s oxygen when you sleep. The body cannot function properly without sufficient oxygen. Cell repair and fighting disease are two functions that suffer. This is why OSA is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke among other diseases. 

Why Should I Get Vivos Therapeutics?

Unlike other sleep apnea devices like CPAP machines, surgical implants, or snoring appliances, the Vivos System allows Dr. Nnadi to treat the root underlying causes of airway obstruction directly! This is done by naturally expanding the patient’s palate over time, creating the necessary room in your mouth and airway to breathe comfortably throughout the night. By improving your overall sleep cycle, patients are better able to get the rest and rejuvenation needed to be healthy and improve your immune system function.

How OSA Affects the Body Diagram

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