Your dentist can make every night silent.
No more snoring/apnea.
If you snore loudly and often, you know the social implications of your problem. Its bad enough when your spouse cant sleep in the same room with you, and snoring is no laughing matter. It is a signal that something is wrong with your breathing during sleep. It means that the airway is not fully open and the log-sawing noise that you make comes from efforts to force air though the narrowed passageways.
What is Sleep Apnea?
An apnea episode is defined as the absence of breath for 10 seconds or more. Simply put, someone is considered to suffer from sleep apnea if they stop breathing like this for 30 or more times during a normal seven-hour sleep period. Typically a person may have as many as 300 apnea episodes per night and some of them may last up to 120 seconds at a time.
Options - Specific Treatments:
Nasal CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) - The patient wears a mask over his/her nose and the airway is kept open by using a compressor that gently forces air through the nasal passages.
Surgery - Sometime physical abnormalities like enlarged tonsils, nasal polyps, a deviated nasal septum, and malformations of the jaw or palate can be responsible for snoring and apnea. There are numerous surgical techniques, which are available to help correct these defects.
Dental Appliance Therapy - A dental appliance is a small device similar to a mouth-guard or an orthodontic retainer. When worn during sleep, it will help prevent the airway from collapsing, by bring the jaw forward, elevating the soft palate, or retaining the tongue.
Dental Appliance Therapy
Dental appliances have been shown to be very successful in the treatment of snoring and are also regularly used in both the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive apnea. Dental appliances offer several advantages over other therapy choices. They are inexpensive, non-invasive, easy to fabricate, reversible, and quite well accepted by patients.
The basic indications for dental sleep appliances are to treat primary snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Appliances are particularly appropriate for those patients who cannot tolerate CPAP. When surgery is contraindicated or the patient is unwilling to go through a surgical procedure, appliance therapy may also be appropriate.
Only a specially trained dentist can properly select the appliance that is right for you.