Snoring isn’t just something that keeps your partner or loved ones awake at night, it can also prevent you from getting restful sleep and be indicative of health problems such as sleep apnea.
At Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry, we understand that snoring is more than a nighttime nuisance; it’s a sign of deeper health issues, possibly sleep apnea. As dentists, we can address sleep apnea by creating a custom mouthguard that you wear while sleeping to prevent obstruction of your airway.
Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve restful sleep through personalized dental solutions. Call us now to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people. Sleep apnea is caused by the relaxation of your throat muscles and soft tissues during sleep, which can collapse and block the airway. It is characterized by recurrent episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway during sleep, leading to interruptions in breathing. These disruptions can occur multiple times throughout the night, and often last for a period of ten seconds or longer.
Should I Be Worried About Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can have a significant impact on your health and quality of life. Reasons to be concerned about sleep apnea include:
Health Risks: If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, or stroke.
Impact on daily life and activities: Sleep apnea can cause you to experience excessive fatigue and sleepiness, and it can impair your ability to perform daily activities like work and drive a vehicle. If you have noticed that you are always tired, it can be indicative of sleep apnea and require you to take further action to address the problem.
Decreased quality of sleep: It is common for people with sleep apnea to experience less restful sleep due to frequently waking up in the night. This can cause chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating, impact your mood, and decrease your overall health.
Please note that only a sleep specialist can diagnose sleep apnea. For specialist recommendations, contact our team at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry. We’re here to guide you to the right professionals.
Snoring is primarily caused by the vibration of relaxed soft tissues in the throat and mouth during sleep. When the muscles in your airway become relaxed, it can lead to a partial obstruction of this passage, causing you to snore.
Other key causes of snoring include:
Relaxed Throat Muscles: During sleep, throat muscles can relax too much, partially blocking the airway.
Vibrations in Soft Tissues: The soft tissues in the throat and mouth vibrate when air flows past them, leading to snoring sounds.
Anatomical Reasons: Features like a thick soft palate, enlarged tonsils, or a long uvula can narrow the airway.
Nasal Issues: Chronic nasal congestion or a deviated septum can contribute to snoring.
Lifestyle Factors: Obesity, alcohol consumption before bedtime, and certain sleeping positions, such as lying on your back, can exacerbate snoring.
Sleep Apnea: Often, snoring is a significant indicator of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that requires medical attention.
Our treatments at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry can help alleviate the symptoms causing your snoring—including those caused by obstructive sleep apnea.
Why Visit a Dentist For Sleep Apnea Treatment?
All cases of sleep apnea are different and range from mild to severe. While a sleep specialist diagnoses sleep apnea, our dentists at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry play a crucial role in treatment. Our office can create a custom device that you wear while sleeping. This device will free up your airway, making it possible to sleep peacefully and uninterrupted.
Oral Obstructive Sleep Apnea Device
An oral obstructive sleep apnea device is designed by our office to help you get restful sleep uninterrupted by snoring and constantly waking up at night. The device is designed to be comfortably worn while sleeping at night and will prevent the restriction of airflow through your airway. Call our office to get started with creating your personal night guard!
How Do Sleep Apnea Devices Help To Stop Snoring And Treat Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea devices help clear the restriction of your airway. With an unobstructed airway, you won’t snore at night and will be able to breathe freely and sleep without interruption. These are the main benefits that our patients experience while wearing a sleep apnea device:
Restful sleep uninterrupted by snoring
An easy time breathing with unrestricted airflow
More energy while performing daily activity
An easier time concentrating due to increased alertness
Happier partners and family members with sleep not bothered by frequent snoring
A decreased risk of other adverse outcomes such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, or stroke
Call Us Today To Find Out More About Snoring And Sleep Apnea
Restful sleep that is uninterrupted by snoring plays a vital role in our overall daily health and activities. Snoring and sleep apnea can make the thought of a good night’s sleep feel impossible, but with the proper care, you can sleep peacefully.
Don’t let snoring and sleep apnea disrupt your life. Our team at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry is committed to helping you find the sleep solutions you need. Call us today and discover how we can make peaceful nights a reality for you. Call our team today to schedule an appointment and discover what our dentists can do to help.