Snoring, associated with sleep apnea, is a serious problem. Not only does it disturb everyone around the sleeper, but it also creates severe health complications for the sufferer. The Montclair Dental Care team describes sleep apnea as the partial or complete closing of the airway while sleeping. It disturbs deep sleep and can result in chronic health conditions, including:
Snoring is even associated with heart attacks and strokes in older age.
Fortunately, the harmful effects of sleep apnea can be resolved. The most common approach is using a CPAP machine, which blows pressurized air into a mask worn while sleeping. However, it’s not the only solution.
Dentists are also able to provide oral instruments that effectively keep the mouth positioned in such a way that breathing continues smoothly. The primary blockage tends to be the collapsing of the throat and tongue backward. This ends up blocking the airway during sleep. The dental appliance keeps the tongue and mouth positioned forward, increasing the air channel potential without having to wear a mask and deal with a noisy CPAP machine through the night.
A sleep assistance instrument, whether a mouth appliance or other equipment, will only be provided after a proper diagnosis and examination. For oral appliances, a dentist’s office can customize an appliance to fit a patient’s mouth perfectly for the best results. Regardless of choice, the most essential factor is the dedication to using the appliance. Sleep apnea cannot be resolved if a patient doesn’t comply with the treatment. So, compliance with treatment matters the most.
Montclair Dental Care is available to help with snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Kenneth Childers and the team help multiple patients with snoring regardless of age. Quality sleep is vital for good health, and snoring can result in problems ranging from fatigue to serious cardiac concerns.