Sleep plays an important role in our overall health and wellness, which is why it can be so upsetting when something disrupts it. In addition to making us feel fatigued, lack of sleep can impact concentration and memory as well as contributing to other medical issues.
Snoring is a common cause of interrupted sleep, both for the snorer and for anyone who shares a sleeping space with one. Normally caused by a nasal obstruction, a malpositioned jaw, muscular weakness or excess fat in the throat, the loud noises that result mean poor sleep for everyone. However, these issues can be solved with custom-fitted dental appliances, which push the jaw forward to clear your airway and stop the snoring. If you or a loved one has trouble with snoring, ask your dentist to assess your suitability for one of these easy-to-wear appliances. A good night’s sleep could be around the corner!
Sometimes, snoring and sleep disruption can be caused by the more serious issue of sleep apnea, in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. Sleep apnea results in loud snoring and sometimes even oxygen deprivation, leading to a host of medical issues including heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Many factors may contribute to sleep apnea, including obesity, smoking, or large adenoids/tonsils, but whatever the cause, your dentist can help with treatment.
The usual treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP (or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. The patient sleeps with a CPAP mask which delivers a prescribed level of air pressure into your airways, preventing sleep apnea’s trademark airway collapse. This ends snoring and breathing issues. The CPAP machine is both safe and effective, making it the number-one option for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Your individual issue will affect your diagnosis, so if you’re feeling tired and your loved ones are complaining about your snoring, consult your dentist at Dentistry on Kent. We can help you, and your family, get a good night’s sleep.