Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a very common problem that can affect both men and women. It is generally caused by vibration at the back of the throat due to loose tissues. Although snoring may make it difficult for your partner to sleep, it is not harmful in and of itself. However, snoring can be an indicator of a more serious problem which is sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a condition in which the airway becomes obstructed while sleeping. This blockage or obstruction can last for several seconds and can cause oxygen levels to drop. Sleep apnea forces the heart to work harder which leads to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in these individuals. Some symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime drowsiness and complaints of not feeling rested.
How can Sleep Apnea be Treated?
The gold standard for Sleep Apnea treatment is a CPAP machine that uses positive pressure to keep the airway open. CPAP users must wear some type of facemask which is connected to the CPAP machine itself. Certain individuals may find these machines awkward to use and difficult to tolerate.
In mild to moderate cases, a dental appliance for sleep apnea can be made similar to a mouth guard in order to hold the airway open. The dental appliance works by holding your jaw in a more forward position in order to limit obstruction. These dental appliances can also be used as a snoring treatment. We offer free consultations so that you can discuss all the options available to you.
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