If you suffer from sleep apnea or your partner has complained of your chronic snoring, our doctors at Dental Home in Bluffton, SC can help you find relief so you and your partner can sleep soundly throughout the night.
What is Sleep Apnea/Snoring?
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by shallow or interrupted breathing during sleep. These pauses can last from several seconds to minutes and can occur multiple times during the night. Breathing normally often starts up again with a loud snort or a choking sound. Snoring is a sound that occurs during sleep when soft tissue in the upper airway vibrates as you breathe. It is extremely common in men, but also occurs frequently in women, especially during pregnancy and after menopause. Besides the toll that sleep apnea/snoring can take on your daily life, at Dental Home we believe the condition can also have serious consequences for your long-term health.
Two Kinds of Sleep Apnea
Two types of sleep apnea are obstructive (OSA) and central (CSA). Although the symptoms remain largely the same, the causes and treatments differ. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can range from physical to emotional manifestations. Obstructive sleep apnea usually is undiagnosed, as these symptoms are associated with other conditions. The most obvious sign is snoring. Most patients will admit they are unaware they do so until a family member points it out.
Sleep Apnea/Snoring Treatment
There are several treatments for obstructive sleep apnea/snoring. At Dental Home in Bluffton, SC, we use oral devices similar to retainers that are worn at night to prevent airway obstructions. Research has shown that an oral appliance is an effective therapy option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral sleep appliance is worn in your mouth while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It keeps the tongue or any potential physical obstructions in place, as well as shifting the jaw forward to open the airway further. The device itself is quiet and easy to care for.
If sleep apnea is taking a toll on you or your partner’s life, maybe it’s time to contact Dental Home in Bluffton, SC at (843) 474-8919 and get the sleep you deserve.