When you snore at night, this could not only irritate your significant other and impact his/her sleep, but could also be a warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Fortunately, we have a comfortable alternative to the CPAP machine. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about how we treat chronic snoring.
The Causes and Complications of Snoring
Snoring occurs because our airways have become restricted at night. As air is forced through, this vibrates the soft tissues partially blocking the path. A loud sound is created. A number of factors could increase the likelihood of snoring, such as sleeping on your back, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption before bed, and complication with the growth and development of oral structures. However, if this occurs on a near nightly basis, this could act as a warning sign of a very serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea.
The Link to Sleep Apnea
With OSA, while you rest the soft tissues in the throat and mouth become too relaxed and collapse, blocking airflow completely. You stop breathing for a few seconds until the brain wakes you. While you may not remember waking up, this happens dozens of times every hour, and leaves you sleep deprived as this interrupts your REM sleep. You may wake up suddenly gasping for air or choking, have dry mouth and headaches, feel exhausted and moody each day, and have trouble concentrating. Over time, this could strain your immune system so more frequent illness is possible, and also stress your cardiovascular system, boosting the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke or heart attack. Which is why when you snore frequently, you should contact our team to learn more about possible solutions.
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
To begin treatment, we will diagnose the cause and severity of your issue, and then gather detailed images of your smile with digital technology. In a lab setting, we will use the images to create a 3D computer model of your smile, and design an oral appliance. The device will look and fit like a mouthguard, and is worn as you rest at night. The device moves the jaw forward to keep airways open and prevent the collapse of soft tissues, so you breathe freely and also avoid snoring. Resting on your side, maintaining a good sleep schedule, and avoiding alcohol right before bed can help as well.
Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist Offers Sleep Solutions
We would like to help you rest with ease and avoid issues with your quality of life. If you would like to learn more about how we treat your sleep issues, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.