How you sleep affects all areas of your health, so an issue that prevents you from sleeping well can be harmful to your overall body health. Sleep apnea, a condition in which during sleep your muscles relax and cause soft tissue to collapse and block your airway, is one of the most common sleeping problems. The constant cessation of breathing lowers your levels of oxygen and can startle you awake at random periods throughout the night.
Commons indications of sleep apnea include snoring, choking sounds, and gasping during sleep. Factors such as a narrow airway, excess body weight, or a misaligned jaw can increase the risk of the condition and although it is more common in men, it can occur in women.
There are a few different types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. Obstructive is the most common and occurs when your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea happens when your brain neglects to send proper signals to the muscles that are responsible for breathing. Complex sleep apnea occurs when an individual has a combination of both obstructive and central.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a professional, there is a way that we came help restore a more natural healthy balance to your sleep schedule. We implement what is referred to as Oral Appliance Therapy, which involves the use of a custom-made piece like a mouth guard being placed on your teeth in order to support the jaw. By supporting the jaw, the mouth guard is meant to prevent your airway from collapsing during sleep. Also, a custom mouth guard can help reduce grinding and the subsequent headaches, cavities, and jaw pain that result from that. This is only in the case of custom mouth guards and over-the-counter or stock guards may make sleep apnea worse.
If we believe you might have a condition like sleep apnea, we will discuss this with you while you are in our office. In the event that you have any questions about what we offer and how it may help, feel free to reach out to us!
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