Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring and other types of obstructive sleep apnea can be much more than just a nuisance; they can lead to a serious debilitation in your sleeping habits, as well as your overall health and relationships with others.
At Molar TO Molar Dentistry, our qualified dentists can help you reduce the effects of snoring and lower the risk of developing more severe physical and mental health problems that snoring can cause. We offer a variety of treatments that have proven effective at preventing airway obstruction for a more peaceful night’s sleep.
What is Snoring/Sleep Apnea?
While sleeping, the muscles in the mouth and throat relax and expand, ultimately narrowing your airway. Snoring is the act of air passing through this restricted passageway, causing the soft tissues at the back of the throat to vibrate. The harder the struggle to breathe as you sleep, the louder the snoring becomes. Snoring can be prevalent in those who are affected by a variety of conditions, including:
- Muscles that have been excessively relaxed from the use of medications and/or alcohol before going to sleep
- Dry throat resulting from excessive use of high-alcohol beverages, mouthwashes, and/or syrups
- Sleep apnea (interruption of breathing during sleep)
- Swollen nasal tissues
- Dry and irritated airway due to smoking and/or environmental conditions such as an arid climate or heating systems
What are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?
Since the body often uses the time in sleep mode to repair and restore itself, snoring/Sleep Apnea can make you more apt to develop health problems. Some of the dangers of leaving sleep apnea untreated may include:
- Memory loss
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac death
How Can Dentistry Help with Snoring/Sleep Apnea?
At Molar TO Molar Dentistry, our Dentist have specialized training in the area of sleep dentistry and can help you reduce snoring with a number of treatments that have proven effective. Oral appliances and dental orthotics (similar to a night guard) can be worn while you sleep to help prevent snoring. Our dental orthotics are custom-designed for your mouth, and have the ability to stop soft tissues from expanding and obstructing the airway during sleep.