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Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment

We all know that a good night’s sleep is so important to living a healthy and productive life. However, millions of Americans suffer from snoring or sleep apnea that causes sleep to be disrupted nearly every night. The good news is that the dentists at Smiles at Glenwood can provide a custom-fit dental appliance that helps prevent disruptive snoring or sleep apnea without invasive surgery.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is caused by the muscles in the throat relaxing to the point at which they block airflow to the lungs.  Snoring can be caused by a number of different factors such as the…

Snoring is usually harmless to your overall health unless it begins to disrupt the sleep patterns of you or your partner.

What is Sleep Apnea?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Safety defines sleep apnea as “a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.”  These pauses can be a few seconds to a few minutes and can happen several times an hour or continuously during sleep.  Breathing normally restarts with a snort or choking sound.

The pauses in breathing caused by sleep apnea disrupts normal sleep patterns and can cause the individual to remain in a light sleep nearly all night, causing drowsiness the next day.  

What Happens if Sleep Apnea is Left Untreated?

Sleep apnea can lead to greater health risks such as high blood pressure, heart failure, heart arrhythmias and more.   Sleep apnea is a chronic illness that requires lifelong monitoring and management.  Long-term solutions include lifestyle changes, surgery or breathing devices.

*Snoring or sleep apnea can be signs of larger medical problems so always check with your doctor if symptoms worsen.

Treating Snoring & Sleep Apnea with an Oral Appliance

What Can I Expect?

An oral appliance to treat snoring or sleep apnea is worn only while sleeping and resembles a mouth guard or retainer.  The appliance holds your jaw in the correct position to make sure your airway stays open all night.

The Process

Oral appliances usually require a prescription from your primary care provider.  You and your doctor will decide if an oral appliance is the most effective way to treat your snoring or sleep apnea.  The dentists at Smiles at Glenwood are then able to meet with you in person. A mold will be made of your mouth and a custom appliance will be created specifically for you.  You may require follow-up visits with the dentist or your doctor to make sure the appliance is working as effectively as possible.

Make your snoring or sleep apnea a problem of the past, call Smiles at Glenwood today to set up an appointment.

 

 

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