Snoring occurs when the airway is not fully open during sleep. The airway may become too narrow due to large structures or relaxing muscles in the throat. The throat then vibrates and produces snoring sounds.
Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the airway is blocked entirely. Somebody suffering from sleep apnea has to briefly awaken and reopen their airway every time it closes. Sleep apnea sufferers may wake up hundreds of times each night!
Most sleep apnea patients can’t remember their nighttime awakenings and do not know they should be treated for sleep apnea.
What are the Consequences of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness. It lowers productivity and memory. When you are not receiving enough oxygen or sleep for countless nights in a row, your body won’t be able to function properly.
Sleep apnea is associated with a wide range of health disorders, including:
- Heart disease
- Gastric reflux
- Depression or mood swings
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
The most common indicator of sleep apnea is snoring, choking, and gasping noises during sleep. If your bed partner points these symptoms out, come see Dr. Thompson for a sleep analysis.
The only way to determine if you have sleep apnea is to see an expert. Dr. Thompson is familiar with the signs of sleep apnea and the latest treatment methods. If you are experiencing daytime sleepiness, don’t hesitate to call our office.
Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea
There are several ways to treat your snoring and sleep apnea. The CPAP machine delivers pressure through the nose to keep the airway open. Surgery may also be an option.
We often treat patients successfully with simple oral appliances. These small plastic devices are worn in the mouth and are similar to sports mouth guards. Your sleep apnea appliance will be customized to fit your mouth comfortably during sleep.
Oral appliances work by repositioning the jaw, tongue, and soft palate. They keep the airway open throughout the night so you can get the sleep your body needs.
Advantages of oral appliance therapy include:
- Comfortable and easy to wear
- Convenient for traveling
- Non-invasive treatment method
If you are looking for the solution to daytime sleepiness, call us at Dream Dentist today. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with you!