When you snore on a nightly basis, you not only drive your significant other crazy, but this could mean you have a disorder that needs treatment. Fortunately, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist knows how to help you stop snoring, and explains this could be a warning sign of a serious issue known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The Factors Behind Snoring
The loud sound created when we snore occurs as air is forced through partially blocked air passages, vibrating soft tissue and creating a loud noise. The partial blockage could be due to numerous factors, such as neck circumference, deviated septum, sinus or allergy issues, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and sleeping on your back. You could help address the issue by avoiding alcohol right before bed, sleeping on your side, and trying to create an optimal sleeping environment, keeping your room dark, cool, and free of screens. However, if the issue persists or occurs nightly, this could be a sign of trouble!
The Possible Sleep Apnea Link
OSA means that as you rest, you stop breathing completely. Air passages are totally blocked by collapsed soft tissues. When you stop breathing, your brain wakes you but this interrupts your sleep cycle. Even if you don’t recall this happening, it could happen multiple times in the night. People with OSA not only snore, but often feel exhausted, moody, and could develop issues with their immune system or heart health. You could become sick more frequently, and eventually develop high blood pressure, heart disease, or even a greater risk of stroke and heart attack. Treating the disorder is essential for maintaining a good quality of life, and good overall health too.
Creating an Oral Appliance
To treat chronic snoring and OSA, we start by taking detailed images and measurements of your smile with advanced digital technology. The images we gather will enable us to design and fabricate an oral appliance in a dental lab setting. The device will look and fit like a mouthguard, but actually moves the jaw foreword to prevent the collapse of soft tissues as you sleep. You and your significant other rest easier, and this helps prevent further symptoms related to OSA. If you have any questions about how our team addresses common sleep issues, then give us a call today. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health, and also a better quality of life!
Do You Have Questions About Sleep Appliances?
We want to help you enjoy a good night’s rest and good quality of life with a custom-made and fitted oral appliance. To learn more about how our team tackles issues with your sleep, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.