Snoring is a natural occurrence, but chronic snoring can cause discomfort for you or your loved one. If you find yourself constantly snoring, you may be suffering from a breathing disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. This is when your tongue or the throat’s soft tissues relax, collapse, and block the airway when you sleep, creating a pause in your breathing. This pause may last for 10 seconds or longer and happen several times while sleeping.
Losing oxygen while sleeping may cause issues for your overall health and increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or other conditions. Breathing that is repeatedly stopped may disrupt your sleep cycles leading to fatigue when you’re awake and increased stress.
Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea
One way to treat snoring and sleep apnea is with a customized oral appliance you wear while you sleep. We can fit you for one that will comfortably hold your jaw slightly forward and in the correct position. This will help prevent your tongue and soft tissues from collapsing and blocking your airway. The oral appliance is adjustable for maximum effectiveness. Used properly, it may help stop your snoring, help you breathe easier, and offer you, and your loved one, a good night’s sleep.
Schedule a Consultation About Snoring and Sleep Apnea with Us
If you find yourself constantly snoring or having restless sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. We can help. To schedule an appointment or to find out more about how we can help you maintain healthy teeth, please contact us by calling 817-473-6227.