If you snore, your sleeping partner probably complains about it. For the snorer and the sleeping partner, snoring interferes with deep sleep. As a result, both can suffer from daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of concentration and focus, depression, and falling asleep at inappropriate times.

Are Snoring and Sleep Apnea the Same?

Sleep Apnea and SnoringSnoring is the sound produced by oral tissues vibrating as air passes by. While not all snorers have sleep apnea, snoring can often indicate sleep apnea. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive, or OSA. During OSA episodes, soft tissues in the mouth and throat completely block the airway. Swollen tissues, sinus problems, a thick neck, excessive weight, or physical malformations (such as a broken nose) can cause sleep apnea episodes. However, in many cases, relaxed jaw muscles allow the jaw to move slightly backward, and soft tissues get in the way of airflow.

How Is OSA Treated?

The most common medical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine. The CPAP consists of a facemask and connective tube attached to a base unit that emits a continuous stream of oxygen. While CPAP is highly effective for many people, some find that it does not work, or that the mask does not fit properly. The sound of the machine may also interrupt your sleep, negating the purpose of OSA treatment.

As an alternative to CPAP, we offer a simple oral appliance to help alleviate the conditions behind sleep apnea. A sleep guard, worn throughout the night, holds the lower jaw slightly forward to eliminate airflow blockage. The tongue and soft oral tissues cannot get in the way of breathing, so deep REM sleep is achieved, and snoring also stops. If you’d like a conservative preventive treatment for your snoring or sleep apnea, or if you know that CPAP won’t work for you, then speak with us about your treatment options.

treat snoring and sleep anea more comfortably

If you snore consistently or have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, then find out how we can help you find relief with a comfortable, custom-made oral appliance. Schedule a consultation by calling our dental office in Syosset, NY, today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930. We proudly serve the residents of Syosset, Long Island, Nassau, Suffolk, and all surrounding New York City communities.