Regular sleep is essential to maintaining overall health. It is the best way to help you relax and unwind after a long day. Some people do not get a good night's sleep due to sleep-related breathing disorders which can lead to a reduction in the airflow to the respiratory system. This happens when the soft tissues near the back of the throat collapse during sleep partially closing the windpipe and causing the tissues to vibrate as air passes through, in turn, leading to loud snoring.
Snoring loudly disturbs others, and although the snorer seems to be sleeping well, it usually is not the case. Chronic loud snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea - a disorder caused by blockage of the upper airway, leading to reduced airflow to the lungs.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious condition which can lead to other health problems. Symptoms include irritability, excessive tiredness, a poor memory, headaches, night sweats, obesity and elevated blood pressure.
Sleep apnea can sometimes be treated an oral appliance from your dentist that is designed to keep the lower jaw forward while you sleep. When the jaw is repositioned, the tongue moves away from the back of the throat and decreases the potential for airway obstruction. This treatment for sleep apnea is backed by scientific evidence and is an excellent option before trying more complex breathing devices or surgery.
If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea, visit SofTouch Dental for an examination and to determine if a custom-made oral appliance can help you. Call us today at (407) 602-3502 to make an appointment.