Our skilled team at Hall Dental work together to provide assistance and relief by treating your snoring with a snore guard and obstructive sleep apnea.
Getting a good night's sleep can be challenging for some of our patients who snore excessively. Snoring is caused by blocked air passages. The air creates a noisy vibration as it is forced through the tight passages. Snoring can be a sign of more serious conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder. Patients with sleep apnea experience pauses in their breathing or very shallow breath during sleep. The pauses can last from a few seconds to over a minute and occur as many as 30 times an hour. When breathing is paused during sleep, patients usually move into a lighter phase of sleep or wake entirely. The result is a disrupted sleep pattern and less restful sleep.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form and is caused by a blockage of the airways. This is often due to the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapsing enough to temporarily block the air passage.
Central sleep apnea is far less common and occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.
Yes! Many patients with sleep apnea don't realize it. Sleep apnea significantly disrupts sleep and results in a less restful night for the sufferer, and possibly even their partner. Sometimes, sleep apnea leads to serious medical conditions. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea feel drowsy or sleepy throughout the day, even if they have slept a long time at night.
The short answer is: to get a good night's sleep. Another reason you may need treatment is because snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which is a more serious condition.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, depression, heart failure and diabetes. It can also increase the likelihood of developing arrhythmias (irregular heart beats) and of having work-related or driving accidents.
At Hall Dental, we can help improve your snoring by creating a custom snore guard for you. A snore guard is similar to a bite guard that we custom-fit it to your mouth. The role of the snore guard is to reduce or eliminate your snoring by repositioning your jaw and tongue to allow for unobstructed airflow, resulting in a more restful sleep. All of which can leave you more revitalized and energized in the morning.
At Hall Dental, we use many different approaches to improve this chronic condition that can range from simple lifestyle and routine changes to tremendously effective custom-made dental appliances and surgical intervention.
Do you think you might need a snore guard to help improve your snoring? Do you want more information about sleep apnea? Contact us today.
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All services provided by general dentists: Dr. Paul Hall, Dr. Pauline Hall and Dr. Todd ZoBell