Sleep Apnea Treatment in Back Bay Boston, MA
Does your snoring keep your partner awake at night? Snoring occurs due to a partially obstructed airway during sleep. While this can be harmless, it could also signal a more serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when an airway is blocked during sleep and can be presented as a pause in breathing that can last between ten seconds to a minute.
Treating sleep apnea can result in better health and a greater feeling of being rested. Patients suffering from sleep apnea can wake many times during the night, causing you to wake up feeling exhausted.
You may require a dental appliance or even easier, a roll of tape. Dr. Welz, who has sleep apnea himself, is an advocate of mouth taping. Mouth taping is a breathing technique that teaches you to breathe through your nose, by taping your mouth shut. Dr. Welz recommends a book The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown. In article that addresses all the benefits as well as clinical studies about mouth breathing, the dentist recommends using Somnifix Sleep Strips, but 3M Micropore Tape is just as effective and less expensive. Dr. Welz does not make sleep apnea appliances but is happy to refer you to a doctor who does.