Snoring Solutions Carrollton, TX
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Are you tired all the time? Do you find yourself waking in the morning feeling as if you have not slept a bit? Mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea could be to blame. Symptoms of sleep apnea include excessive sleepiness during the day, snoring, and unrestful sleep. Sleep apnea can also play a role in certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, depression and concentration problems. It can cause periods of apnea (not breathing) during sleep which can be dangerous.
One notable sign of sleep apnea is snoring. Snoring disrupts the sleep patterns of your partner, but also disrupts your own sleep patterns, causing you to wake many times during the night, whether you realize it or not. Snoring can be extremely troublesome, in addition to being a sign of a more serious problem such as sleep apnea.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring and Sleep Apnea can be caused by a variety of conditions. In almost every case, the soft tissues in the oral cavity, throat and airway collapse during sleep. This closes or obstructs the airway, reducing the exchange of air in and out of the lungs. Snoring is a symptom of reduced air exchange through the airway. When breathing stops for 10 seconds or more at a time, it is called apnea. During a period of apnea, the patient may or may not be startled awake. Apneic episodes occur during the deepest part of sleep, preventing the patient from achieving long periods of deep sleep. This is why people who snore or suffer from apnea feel tired during the day.
Snoring Treatment Options
Patients who suffer with snoring and sleep apnea often find that the treatments are as unbearable as the problem. A popular and effective treatment method for snoring is the CPAP machine, which consists of a mask connected to a machine. Wearers sleep with the mask on their face and the machine administers a regular puff of air, maintaining the airway during sleep. Many patients complain that a CPAP machine is uncomfortable and noisy, and are not compliant with it's use. Other invasive treatments such as surgery have also proven to be undesirable for snoring patient. Luckily, for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, an easier solution exists.
Dental Snoring Treatment
Dr.Babaloui offers her Carrollton dental patients a dental solution for mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring. Dental sleep apnea treatments have become very popular due to their effectiveness and comfort. Upon examination, evaluation and often, a sleep study, a custom made dental mouthguard appliance can be constructed. The appliance is worn in the mouth, similar to a nightguard or retainer. Small and comfortable to wear, the snoring appliance repositions the lower jaw, pulling it slightly forward in order to maintain an open airway during sleep. The result is better quality sleep, and a notable reduction is snoring.
Patients who use the snoring appliance report that their symptoms are greatly reduced. Symptoms like daytime sleepiness, irritability, and even sleep apnea related health problems diminish greatly. The comfortable appliance is easy to wear and does not interfere with falling asleep and staying asleep. Because it is easy to comply with use, it is often considered to be more effective than other more invasive methods of treatment.
Is a Snoring Appliance Right For You?
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shahnaz Babaloui at A+ Dental of Carrollton to find out if you can say goodnight to snoring with a dental sleep apnea appliance.