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In some cases, snoring can be caused by overweight, cold, alcohol use, or old age. But snoring can also be caused by an underlying condition known as sleep apnea. The team of dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Fredrick, MD is dedicated to offering the best quality dental services, general, pediatric, and cosmetic dental treatments as well as oral surgery.
What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea
While most Fredrick residents who snore do not suffer from sleep apnea, typically people who do have sleep apnea snore quite loudly. This condition can be dangerous if it is not treated. Sleep apnea occurs when your normal breathing pattern is interrupted during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea: causing the airflow to lessen or stop completely.
- Central sleep apnea: the brain sends incorrect signals to the brain, disrupting breathing.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a much more common form.
Who Is at Risk of Sleep Apnea?
You may be at a higher risk of sleep apnea if:
- You are overweight or obese
- You are over the age of 60
- You are a woman
- You have an enlarged tongue or narrow throat
- You drink alcohol
- You smoke
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Signs and symptoms of this condition include:
- Gasping during sleep
- Frequent waking during the night
- Night sweats
- Dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Unrefreshing sleep
If left untreated, over time, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, which increases your risk of stroke and heart disease.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
In many cases, making some simple lifestyle changes is all it takes to resolve sleep apnea. In other more severe cases, a CPAP machine may be helpful. In very severe cases, surgery may be recommended.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the dental specialists at Pearlfection Dentistry, call the Fredrick office at (301) 663-5550.
Don’t let another night of poor sleep affect your quality of life.
Dealing with chronic and loud snoring is one of the main complaints among partners. If you or a loved one’s snoring is keeping everyone up at night, it’s important that you turn to a sleep specialist to find out if sleep apnea could be the reason for your snoring. Even if sleep apnea isn’t the cause, snoring can disrupt sleep and lead to daytime fatigue and a host of potentially serious and chronic health problems such as heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.
So, how can our Urbana, MD, dental team help? While it might seem rather odd to go to a dentist to treat your sleep apnea or snoring symptoms it’s actually not as odd as you might think. After all, there is a connection between your symptoms and your mouth. For example, in those with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type of sleep apnea) the tissues in the back of the throat, or the tongue itself, end up blocking the airways throughout the night, affecting how much oxygen your brain and body are getting each and every night.
To prevent these obstructions from happening, our dental team will provide you with an oral appliance. Many people with sleep apnea will receive CPAP therapy to treat their condition. This is a standard treatment option, but it’s not the only treatment option. In fact, if your condition is mild you may not even need to wear the CPAP mask at all. You could get the treatment and results you need with our simple oral appliance. Instead of putting a mask over your nose and mouth each night you will pop this custom-made dental device over your upper and lower teeth.
An oral appliance looks similar to a mouthguard; however, it can work in one of two ways: It can either reposition the jaws forward to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing at night or it can suppress the tongue so the tongue doesn’t block the airways while you sleep. This treatment has helped many patients get better quality sleep while eliminating snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, is ready to help you get the quality sleep you finally deserve. If you are dealing with sleep apnea or chronic snoring and are ready to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you, give our office a call today!