Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have ever shared a room with someone who snores loudly, you know how disruptive it can be to getting a good night’s sleep. Loud snoring may also be a sign of a serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
What Is OSA?
Just like each person’s face has unique features, the structures at the back of the throat and mouth are also unique. Sometimes, excessive tissue, large tonsils, or even the tongue will relax during sleep and block the airway at the back of the throat. This is what causes breathing vibrations, also known as snoring.
A blocked airway can also mean you are not getting enough oxygen during sleep. When this occurs, the brain’s alarm system will signal the body to awaken and adjust. This waking disrupts restorative sleep patterns and can happen dozens or even hundreds of times per night. This is OSA, and it leads to some serious health complications when left untreated.
Health Risks Associated with OSA
Because the body does not have sufficient oxygen, every system in the body can suffer. OSA has been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Diabetes complications
- Obesity or weight gain
- Depression and anxiety
- Daytime fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction
How to Know if You Have OSA
Diagnosis of OSA occurs under the direction of an accredited sleep specialist using either a take-home or clinical sleep study.
Dr. Appel works with a number of specialists in our area to obtain an accurate diagnosis for his patients. This partnership is designed to help patients achieve better overall health and improved vitality.
Common symptoms of OSA include:
- Sore throat or loud snoring
- Fatigue, even after a full night’s sleep
- Interrupted breathing or choking during sleep
Often, patients are unaware of their sleep disruptions until their partner lets them know.
Treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea treatment often includes CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy using a specially designed machine that uses a continuous flow of air, delivered through a mask, to keep the back of the throat open during sleep.
Unfortunately, many people find CPAP therapy cumbersome and difficult to adjust to.
At Humble Dentistry, we provide patients with a convenient alternative for mild to moderate OSA using oral appliance therapy.
An oral appliance customized to snugly fit your teeth will gently guide your lower jaw forward, opening your airway during sleep. Many patients find oral appliance therapy treatment for both snoring and sleep apnea convenient, comfortable, and easier to comply with, especially when traveling.
Are You Ready for a Great Night’s Sleep?
If you suspect you suffer from OSA or snoring disrupts comfortable sleep for you or your partner, contact Humble Dentistry to take the first step toward a restful night’s sleep.