A large number of Americans suffer from sleep apnea or chronic snoring. While snoring itself poses no health risks to the patient, sleep apnea causes one to briefly stop breathing, up to hundreds of times each night, and it can lead to a variety of serious health problems if left untreated. These include, but are not limited to: heart disease, hypertension, insomnia, memory problems, and more. Although there are countless over-the-counter remedies to treat sleep apnea and snoring, a professional sleep study coupled with a custom-made oral appliance is the most effective way treatment. At Value Dental Centers Queen Creek, our dentists offer just such treatment.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles collapse, closing the airway for 10 seconds or more at a time. This stoppage in breathing can happen hundreds of times during the night. Symptoms of sleep apnea may include any of the following:
- Extremely loud and disruptive snoring
- Waking multiple times throughout the night, sometimes out of breath
- Dry mouth or headaches in the morning
- Extreme fatigue due to interrupted sleep
- Sleep deprivation or insomnia
- Irritability, depression, or other mood or behavioral changes
- Trouble concentrating and remembering things
Causes and Risk Factors for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Chronic snoring and sleep apnea is more common in men over the age of 40 and in patients who are overweight or obese. Snoring can also be caused by smoking, alcohol consumption, and certain medications. Nasal or sinus problems and allergies can also cause snoring problems.
How Can a Dentist Help With Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
Over-the-counter methods may provide you with temporary relief; however, it is best to get an accurate diagnosis from a dentist and through a sleep study. A dentist can measure your uvula and soft palate to determine whether you might have sleep apnea. Typically a professional sleep study is recommended to confirm this diagnosis.
Custom-fitted oral appliances are usually the first line of treatment in sleep apnea and chronic snoring cessation. These oral appliances are similar to a sports guard and are worn at night. The appliance positions your lower jaw in a way that keeps your airway open and prevents the muscles from collapsing.
Depending on your age, health, and other factors, your dentist may also recommend some lifestyle changes in conjunction with the use of an oral appliance to more effectively treat your chronic snoring or sleep apnea. These lifestyle changes may include exercise and weight loss, quitting smoking, reducing your alcohol consumption, and more.
Benefits of Professional Sleep Apnea Treatment and Snoring Cessation
Seeking treatment for your sleep apnea or chronic snoring can prevent a wide range of other serious health risks, including insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, weight gain, memory problems, chronic headaches, and more. Eliminating chronic snoring and sleep apnea will ensure that you—and your family—get a restful night’s sleep and wake up feeling energized and refreshed.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are suffering from chronic snoring or sleep apnea that is disrupting your and your family’s sleep, our skilled dentists at Value Dental Center in Queen Creek can help in the diagnosis and treatment of your chronic snoring and sleep apnea. Once your diagnosis has been confirmed, we will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom oral appliance that fits snugly and comfortably. Call Value Dental Center at Queen Creek today to schedule your appointment and begin your journey to a more restful night’s sleep.