Do you snore while sleeping? Snoring is more than an annoying problem. It could be a sign of something more serious, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder characterized by frequent pauses in breathing. The most common symptoms of this disorder are:
- loud snoring
- constant fatigue during the day
- difficulty concentrating when awake
- not feeling refreshed even after a proper sleep
The above symptoms are common to a number of sleeping disorders. Snoring is often a strong indicator of sleep apnea. The reason behind the intermittent pauses in breathing while you sleep is that the muscles of the throat, uvula and tongue relax as you sleep. During a normal sleep cycle, your soft palate and tongue will be maintained and controlled in position by these muscles, but with patients who suffer from sleep apnea, an obstruction is caused in the airway due lack of support. When these muscles relax, the flow of oxygen is blocked, causing snoring to force these muscles back into their proper place. This can occur multiple times throughout the night, preventing patients from sleeping properly.
Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a special device while sleeping, which works to reposition the tongue, soft palate, lower jaw and uvula, allowing for optimal flow of air and preventing obstruction to the airway. We provide custom sleep apnea and snoring devices that are made to fit your mouth. The appliance is extremely comfortable to wear, and patients get accustomed to using it within a week or two of beginning the treatment. Being a non-invasive form of treatment, oral appliance therapy is ideal for treating mild to moderate cases of snoring and sleep apnea.
The office of Complete Family Dentistry offers treatment for snoring and sleep apnea so that you can get a good night’s sleep and stay healthy, fresh and active during the day. Call us at (954) 374-6777 to schedule your appointment.