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44Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment

Are you tired, stressed out, and moody because of interrupted sleep?

According to experts, sleep apnea is an under-diagnosed condition, If your sleeping partner says you are snoring or stop breathing while asleep, or if you experience daytime sleepiness, contact our office for a consultation. A sleep apnea device may improve your quality of life. It may also stop your snoring and allow your sleeping partner to sleep better, too. It’s just another way we at Advanced Dentistry can help you smile.

What is Sleep Apnea?

When a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 or more seconds, they have “sleep apnea.” OSAS, or obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, is one type of sleep apnea. Lack of adequate breath during sleep reduces airflow, causing the brain to tell the body to wake up and breathe. In some cases, sleep apnea patients only move into a lighter stage of sleep, while other times, patients wake completely.

What Problems are Caused by Sleep Apnea?

Snoring and sleep apnea can be caused by blocked airways. Many factors may contribute to airway blockage, from the size of passages and oral or airway structures, to swelling of passageways or position of the tongue. Disrupted deep sleep can affect mood, health, and cause daytime sleepiness. The added stress and fatigue can cause lack of concentration, loss of memory, and accidents in the workplace or while driving. Other health risks include high blood pressure and heart problems, and even a risk of premature death. The snoring of sleep apnea patients can disturb a sleeping partner’s rest, too.

Non-Surgical Sleep Apnea Treatment

A few tests can determine whether you suffer from OSAS, and non-surgical therapies may alleviate the problem. A nasal mask (cPAP) can deliver air to keep nasal passages open during sleep. Even more effective, patients may now wear dental appliances that reposition the tongue or mandible (lower jawbone). A Swedish study showed that the anterior mandibular positioning dental device (AMP) is actually more effective than surgical therapies. The same study stated that adverse health effects and appliance repairs were rare.