17 Oct Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Causes and Treatment
You’ve been told over and over again that you snore. You may even wake yourself up at times. However, your “snoring” habit could be more harmful than you think. The problem may be called sleep apnea—specifically, obstructive sleep apnea— and it could cause you to feel unrested for the next several years if not treated. However, your dentist has a solution for this common sleep apnea.
Loud snoring may indicate that you struggle with sleep apnea, which occurs when your breathing constantly stops and starts while you are asleep. Usually, your breathing stops for 10 seconds to 20 seconds before being resumed, and this may happen hundreds of times during the night. As a result, your breathing remains shallow, which means that you spend more time in light sleep. [pullquote]Loud snoring may indicate that you struggle with sleep apnea, which occurs when your breathing constantly stops and starts while you are asleep.[/pullquote]
You likely realize the effects the next day; you don’t feel mentally keen, and you lack energy. Because your sleep is never high in quality, you may struggle with concentrating while at work or with slow reflexes while on the road. In addition, your poor sleep may affect you long-term.
Ostructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. When you are asleep, the soft tissue in the back of your throat blocks your airway because it is relaxed; that’s when the snoring happens. However, sleep apnea mouth appliances are designed to prevent this from happening. Some appliances have two pieces that work together like a mouthguard, covering your lower and upper teeth. Because these two sections snap together, they hold your jaw in place and keep your lower jaw positioned forward. This keeps the soft tissues in the back of your throat from relaxing and thus causing you to snore.
If you are tired of feeling tired during the daytime, or feeling out of breath when you wake up, or having a dry throat each morning, dental appliances can help you to tackle your sleep apnea. Choose to get good sleep again. Contact Balcones Family Dental today to find out how a custom-made sleep apnea mouth appliance can help. Call 512-200-7422 for an appointment.