Snoring / Sleep Apnea Solutions
Snoring or Sleep Apnea Solutions at Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada
Sometimes when you relax or go to sleep, the muscles and soft tissues relax, narrowing the airway. Snoring is the sound caused by the vibration of the soft palate and other tissues in the back of the throat or nose when you breathe deeply. Although snoring can be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
Sometimes snoring is just snoring. In other cases, snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder in which you repeatedly stop breathing while you sleep. The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea, usually occurs when the airway becomes blocked by tissues in the back of the throat which relax when you sleep.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea include gasping or choking in your sleep, daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration, and headaches. If these symptoms sound familiar, you should see your physician. Your doctor will probably recommend tests, including a sleep study, to confirm the diagnosis.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
● CPAP Machine – A Continuous Positive Air Pressure is a device which forces air in through nasal passages to keep the airway open while you sleep. This is the most recommended treatment for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
● Oral Appliances – Some oral devices are effective in the treatment of mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. A mouthguard or splint is used to position the jaw in such a way to maximize airflow to the lungs. Oral appliances are also an alternative for those who have difficulty with CPAP therapy. Oral devices must be made and fitted by a dentist.
What We Can Do For You
Whether or not you have a sleep disorder, snoring can disturb your sleep partner and interrupt your sleep. Come to Family and Implant Dentistry of Arvada for a consultation with Dr. Pollack or Dr. Phan about an oral appliance that can reduce the frequency and loudness of your snoring, restoring peace and rest to you and your partner. If you have been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, we will work with your doctor to find the best solution for you. Schedule an appointment online or call 303-940-1910.