Does your partner often complain that you snore very loudly? Do you experience unusual daytime fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, or breathlessness or sleeplessness at night? These could be warning signals of a condition known as sleep apnea. Though it should be noted that snoring does not always indicate a sleeping disorder, people suffering from sleep apnea tend to snore excessively.
Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes a number of short pauses in a person’s breathing while they’re asleep which interrupts their sleep and causes them to gasp for air and make a loud snoring or choking sound. The occurrence of sleep apnea has been associated with a number of conditions such as certain allergies, obesity, excessive use of alcohol and sedatives before sleeping, a small jaw, adenoids or enlarged tonsils. The pauses in breathing are caused when the muscles of the airway relax leading to an obstruction. These pauses can occur several times in an hour, waking the patient up as the brain signals a lack of oxygen. Most people don’t remember the interruptions in their sleep as the intervals are very short. The constant disruptions in a person’s sleep cycles can cause extreme fatigue, daytime drowsiness, and can even put them at a greater risk of daytime accidents.
Oral appliance therapy has been found to highly effective in treating mild-to-moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. When you come to the office of Regency Family Dental with a sleep issue, we can fit you with a custom-made, removable dental appliance that fits inside your mouth just like a sports guard. The appliance can be worn while sleeping and works by supporting the jaw in a forward position so the airway stays open and you can breathe properly.
For more information, please call us at (203) 323-1186.