When you suffer from chronic snoring, this could actually mean the presence of a serious sleep disorder. Without treatment, this could lead to exhaustion and even strain the immune and cardiovascular systems. In today’s blog, your Syosset, NY, dentist talks about how we treat snoring and sleep apnea with an oral appliance.
The Causes of Sleep Apnea
Why do some of us develop this sleep disorder? Sleep apnea means that airflow is interrupted as you sleep, so you stop breathing in the night, often several times each hour. This leaves you exhausted the next day. Causes could include large neck circumference, deviated septum, sinus and allergy issues, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and issues with the development of the jaw and oral structures. While all ages and genders can develop the disorder, it is particularly common in men 55 and older.
Snoring and Other Warning Signs
Common warning signs include chronic snoring, headaches and dry mouth, waking up choking or gasping for air, exhaustion during the day, and irritability. If one or more of these possible symptoms sounds familiar, then let us know right away. We will conduct a diagnosis with precision and accuracy to assess the cause and extent of your disorder, so we can choose the most appropriate treatment option. You can help manage the issue by sleeping on your side instead of your back, keeping your bedrooms dark and cool, and avoiding screens right before going to bed. You can also help by avoiding large meals, caffeinated products, and excessive alcohol consumption in the two hours before going to bed.
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
Our team offers a comfortable and convenient alternative to the loud and difficult CPAP machine, one that our patients find much easier to use. Our team could prescribe an oral appliance, one custom-fitted for your smile. Worn as you rest, the device actually moves the jaw and tongue forward to keep airways open and free of obstruction. You breathe without interruption and are less likely to snore, and enjoy a full night’s rest. The appliance will be easy to use, clean, and store, and can travel with you too. You then avoid the major complications of untreated sleep apnea, which includes major stress on your immune system and even your heart health!
If you have any questions about how our team treats sleep apnea with a custom oral appliance, then contact our team today to learn more. Let’s make sure you can rest with ease again!
Do You Have Questions About Our Sleep Solutions?
Our team is ready to help you rest without interruption using an oral appliance. If you have questions about improving how well you rest, then contact our Syosset, NY dental office today at 516-433-2211.