Could a dentist help you stop snoring and sleep better?
The more we learn about snoring and obstructed breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, the more we realize they are very serious health issues. This is because we need to have uninterrupted sleep in order for our bodies and brains to recover each day.
Research is showing us there are links between lack of adequate sleep and:
- Heart problems.
- Weight gain.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Numerous other health problems.
What is sleep apnea?
When you suffer from sleep apnea, the muscles in the back of your throat relax creating a restriction in your normal breathing. Your tongue falls backward and your airway narrows sometimes even closing. This can stop breathing altogether anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more.
To kick-start your breathing your brain momentarily wakes you up which allows you to open your airways and begin breathing again. Because it happens so fast, most people don’t even realize they’ve woken up.
A common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, although not all snorers have sleep apnea and not all sleep apnea sufferers snore.
How can a dentist help?
Sleep apnea is potentially dangerous to your health. If you show symptoms of a sleep disorder Dr Saby will strongly suggest that you have a sleep study done. Saby Dental will help you arrange this potentially lifesaving test. The take home test is overseen by a respiratory therapist. Conducted while you sleep, this test measures your pulse, blood oxygen levels and breathing.
The results are sent to your physician who is able to make the appropriate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Once the test is complete and the diagnosis is made, Dr Saby will discuss the results and treatment options with you.
Sleep apnea and snoring can be treated by keeping your airway open. In many cases, that can happen with the help of a simple yet effective sleep apnea appliance. Also known as a snoring device, it essentially stops your jaw from dropping back while you sleep by gently holding it in the position it belongs, which in turn ensures your airways are open and clear.
Due to innovations in both procedures and technology, today’s snoring devices are superior. They have substantial improvements over traditional snoring appliances. For example, the lower jaw advancement is now adjustable, which makes the splint effective and more comfortable.
The CPAP machine is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea. However the mandibular advancement appliance is a practical, effective alternative. Particularly for those who:
- Cannot tolerate the CPAP.
- Have mild to moderate sleep apnea.
- Snore but don’t suffer from sleep apnea.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea and snoring treatment, please book a consultation.
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