Sleep Dentistry and Snoring
Sleep is not just time out from our daily life. It is an active state important for renewing our mental and physical health each day. More than 100 million Americans of all ages, however, regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep.
Most sleeping disorders (sleep apnea/snoring) lead to a lowered quality of life and reduced personal health. These disorders can cause difficulties in falling asleep and or staying awake. Sleep disorders are diagnosed and or treated by many different healthcare professionals.
What is Sleep Apnea?
While we sleep, the muscles that stiffen and open the throat tend to relax and can lead to a slight narrowing of the throat. As the airway narrows, tissues in the back of the throat begin to vibrate and cause you to snore.
With obstructive sleep apnea, loud snoring may lead to the complete collapse of the airway thereby preventing oxygen from reaching into the lungs and thus, increasing the effort to breathe.
Eventually, this increased effort to breathe awakens the brain causing the individual to gasp for air which disrupts their sleep cycle. The continual arousal from sleep due to these obstructions can occur between a few times a night to several hundred.
How do I know if I have that sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea symptoms may include the following:
- Excessively loud snoring
- Generalized daytime sleepiness
- Inability to focus
- Frequent nighttime bathroom trips
- Morning headaches
How Sleep Apnea could be treated?
The treatment you need depends on whether you have simple snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, then your treatment will vary depending on the severity of your disease. Your physician/ sleep specialist will be able to decide which treatment is best for you.
An oral appliance resembles a form of night-guard. They are approved for treatment of snoring and for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, as well as severe obstructive sleep apnea when CPAP is not tolerable. Oral appliances keep the airway open as you sleep by holding your lower jaw forward.
The devices used by our dentists at Vancouver Dental Care are fully titratable for each patient and are approved by the FDA for snoring/obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances are convenient, comfortable, reversible, and significantly less expensive than more involved therapies. Oral appliance therapy may be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
Our Vancouver Dental Care dentists are willing to work with your physician and / or sleep specialist to provide you with an oral appliance that works best for you.
For more information please call (360)450-0075.