It might sound strange to talk to us at True Dental about snoring, but we can help! Here, we’ll talk about how snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are related, and what our expert dentists can do to treat them.
Why Am I Snoring?
Snoring happens when your airway is obstructed while you sleep; the obstruction can be caused by the tongue or soft tissues in the back of the throat. Tissues near the top of the airway sometimes hit each other and that is what causes the vibration that makes the loud snoring noise.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
If your snoring has short pauses in between each snore, this could mean that you are suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes breathing during sleep to be repeatedly interrupted. These interruptions can number in the hundreds every night. When this happens, oxygen is cut off from your brain, and this can lead to serious health problems such as atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular issues. Sleep apnea also causes you to be drowsy and fatigued during the day, making it hard to function well at school, your job, and in your daily life.
How Can a Dentist Treat My Snoring?
If you are having issues with snoring or poor quality sleep, reach out to our team and your primary care physician. Depending on your situation, there are a number of remedies that might help, such as: losing weight because being overweight can cause the structures around your airway to change; reducing alcohol consumption at night; sleeping on your side instead of your back; or wearing a special oral appliance. These are mouthpieces that help to reposition your jaw, tongue, and soft palate into a safe position so your airway stays open while you sleep. This device is custom-made for optimal positioning, fit, and comfort.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Odenton, MD
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, a custom-made oral appliance can help give you and your family the snoring relief and better quality sleep you deserve. So contact us today to schedule a consultation!