Snoring can certainly be an annoyance to loved ones. Unfortunately it can be even more dangerous for those that snore. Loud snoring is one of several symptoms of a sleeping disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that actually occurs when a person stops breathing during the night. This causes the brain to awaken, often leaving the sufferer gasping for air, or snoring very loudly at night. Over time, sleep apnea can lead to a number of health concerns, as well, including an overall sense of tiredness, irritability, problems concentrating, and even depression. Sleep apnea has also been linked to heart problems and high blood pressure. Fortunately there is hope for the millions of American suffering from sleep apnea, and it is often as simple as visiting the dentist for a custom oral appliance.
What Are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea episodes are caused because a person’s airway becomes blocked as he or she sleeps. Therefore, one way to treat sleep apnea is to help keep the airway clear. Dentists are frequently able to help patients do so, by providing them with custom oral appliances, similar to the kind of mouthguards often worn at night during orthodontic treatment, or during athletic activities when the teeth are susceptible to damage like chips or cracks.
By fitting a patient with a customized oral appliance, a dentist can help the teeth rest more comfortably, and also prevent the jaw from shifting out of place during sleep, blocking the airway.
Can an Oral Appliance Help You?
To determine if an oral appliance is the right treatment for you, a dentist or doctor must first diagnose you with sleep apnea, and specifically obstructive sleep apnea. If this is your diagnosis, then the dentist can take careful measurements to have a custom appliance crafted.
About Your Spring, TX, Sleep Experts:
At Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. We also offer customized, expert sleep solutions to help you alleviate snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!