The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition that affects millions of people in the United States. Those who suffer from OSA periodically stop breathing for short periods of time while they are sleeping. Sleep apnea can be harmful to your general health and overall quality of life, as it is linked to many health problems including hypertension, diabetes, and in severe cases, sudden death. Possible side effects of OSA include, but are not limited to, excessive sleepiness during the day, grinding teeth during sleep, and even an elevated risk of workplace injuries.
Snoring is a Key Symptom
Snoring may be caused by many things, including allergies, alcohol consumption, or blocked sinuses. However, there is also a strong link between sleep apnea and snoring. Those who snore are more likely to have sleep apnea, while those with sleep apnea are more likely to snore. Therefore, if you snore, it is important to let your dentist know.
How Do I Know if I Have OSA?
Obstructive sleep apnea can only be diagnosed through a professional sleep study in which you are closely monitored throughout the night. In the past, the only option was to spend the night at a sleep clinic. Today, though, the technology exists allowing some patients to complete a sleep test in the comfort of their own home using a portable monitor. Ask your dentist if a home sleep test is an option for you.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
OSA is a long-term condition that many sufferers aren’t even aware that they have. Although there is no cure, a few solutions have been found to provide relief. The most common is known as a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine attaches to your nose and mouth while you sleep to keep your airway open. While effective, it is also bulky, noisy and expensive.
Many doctors and dentists are now turning to a smaller, simpler, highly effective solution. The sleep apnea mouth guard, also known as the “snoring mouthpiece,” is smaller than the palm of your hand, and can be worn comfortably and quietly. Similar to a sports mouth guard, the sleep apnea mouth guard is designed to pull the jaw forward to prevent overnight airway collapse, thus allowing you to breathe regularly. It greatly reduces your snoring so that you and your loved ones may finally get the quiet, deep slumber that your body has been craving.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are looking to get a good night’s sleep, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at (912) 354-1366. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will guide you through the process from diagnosis to fitting to regular care and maintenance.
18 to 30 million adults in America suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Some are familiar with that name. Others relate to the symptom—loud snoring! This chronic condition can be detrimental to the health and quality of life for the one snoring and the one trying to sleep beside them.
Many treatments involve a bulky and cumbersome CPAP machine. This device is not only inconvenient at home, but incredibly troublesome for travel. Many users report the need check an extra suitcase for air travel.
A new product called, SomnoDent has been developed. It’s often referred to as a sleep apnea mouth guard or snoring mouthpiece.
Do you have sleep apnea?
Throat muscles and the tongue relaxes during sleep. Your airway can become obstructed and prevent normal breathing. Here are some signs you could be suffering from sleep apnea:
• Snore at night
• Very tired during the day
• Noticeable pauses in nighttime breathing
• Teeth grinding at night
If you are already using a CPAP, you already know how bulky and inconvenient this device can be. The snoring mouthpiece is custom fitted and will fit in the palm of your hand. A big advantage to the sleep apnea mouth guard is that it makes no noise!
We’d be happy to schedule an appointment to help you identify the source of your snoring or talk with you more about an alternative to the CPAP machine.
Always Tired? Sleep Loss Can Kill You
Sufficient and restful sleep is very important for overall good health. Restorative sleep lets your entire body decompress and unwind from all the stresses you have burdened your system with throughout the day. Sleep should be revitalizing to your brain and body, allowing it to regain enough energy for another full day of activity. In contrast, lack of sound sleep can place excessive stress on the heart muscle and contribute to cardiovascular disease or hypertension. These serious conditions have been connected to lack of sufficient or restful sleep.
Snoring Is More Than an Annoyance
Snoring is often a symptom of a more serious health concern, known as sleep apnea. This condition prevents the sufficient flow of oxygen into the lungs throughout the night. It is caused by an obstruction in the air passage. When left untreated, the result can be serious health concerns for the heart and brain and even lead to premature death. With all the additional stress being placed on the body, the resulting increase in stress hormones can also lead to depression.
We have a solution to keep the airway open during sleep. It is an oral appliance that eliminates snoring and, more importantly, maintains continual and even breathing patterns throughout the night to provide a restful sleep.
Our Alternative to CPAP
The usual solution for sleep apnea is the use of the CPAP device during sleep. It is a machine that provides a continuous flow of air into the nose or mouth through a mask that is worn over this area of the face. Many people find wearing a bulky mask uncomfortable and an unsatisfactory solution to the problem, so they discontinue wearing the mask.
If you feel frustrated that the CPAP is not a solution to your problem, let us show you an alternative that is easier and more comfortable to use. Our doctors will custom fit you with the SomnoDent™, an acrylic oral appliance that will realign your jaw and tongue to keep your airway open and allow the air to flow into your lungs during sleep. It is similar to a mouthguard, as it fits over both the upper and lower teeth. It can be removed and easily cleaned and takes up little space in your suitcase when traveling. The appliance is very successful in relieving snoring and providing restful sleep.
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel
9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366