Have you been told that you snore? Does your snoring drive the other members of your household crazy? If so, you might want to wonder if it’s just a snore, or something more.
Just A Snore?
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DID YOU KNOW?
Individuals dealing with sleep apnea may awaken abruptly gasping for air upwards of 30 times per hour during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes.
Not So Harmless Noise
Persistent snoring is just one of the symptoms of a condition known as sleep apnea. Those who suffer from apnea are also likely to experience:
Dry mouth or sore throat
The inability to focus
Moodiness and irritability
Curiosity keeps me asking: how can I best help our patients? – Dr. Marcus
At the Marcus Dental Practice, we are passionate about your health, as well as your happiness. So we have a dedicated consultation to speak with you about the risk level for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This conversation will help us determine if you might be vulnerable to the sometimes less-obvious effects of Sleep Apnea.
SILENCING THE SNORE
Here is where we shine! We can treat your sleep apnea and prevent not only snoring, but other associated risks such as:
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Increased risk of hypertension and stroke
- Increased risk of heart disease and heart attacks
- Increased risk of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
- Increased risk of accidents that result from exhaustion
At the Marcus Dental Practice, we can provide a solution that will allow you to sleep soundly at night and be productive all day long — without the need for a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine that many apnea sufferers struggle with.
Oral Appliances - A CPAP Alternative
Ask anyone who has tried to cure their sleep apnea with a CPAP machine and they’ll tell you: It’s noisy, it’s cumbersome, and it prevents movement during the night. At the Marcus Dental Practice, one of the ways we treat sleep apnea is with the use of an oral appliance that is worn as you sleep. The benefits are numerous, including:
- They are small, discrete, and easy to transport. No need to lug anything extra with you on trips out of town.
- They allow you (and your partner) to enjoy a silent night. No snoring and no whirring noise!
- They allow freedom of movement as you sleep. Whether you sleep on your back, stomach, or side, you won’t be tethered to a machine.
Orthodontics Could Be the Answer
Another effective solution for sufferers of sleep apnea is orthodontics. In many cases, braces allow us to permanently open the airway, allowing you to breathe freely at night. Here are a few of the ways orthodontics can help:
- Many people are born with an undersized dental arch. The protocol used to be to remove teeth to create room, but that failed to address the size of the arch. Now, we can use orthodontics to expand the size of the dental arch, which helps everything else involved in breathing fall into place.
- The tongue is another factor that can lead to airway obstruction; this is most evident in people who sleep on their backs. As a result of gravity, the tongue naturally falls towards the back of the throat. With an ample dental arch, there is plenty of room in the mouth to accommodate the tongue. Without it, the tongue is forced back far enough to block the airway.
Did you know?
The sleep apnea facts and statistics show one in five adults suffer from this breathing disorder. Knowing you are not alone and arming yourself with the facts about this problem can help you get the treatment you need.
Alarmed by your snore?
While sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, it is more likely to occur in males over 40 years old. The following could also increase your risk:
- Being overweight
- Having a large neck circumference (17 inches or greater) or larger than average tongue or tonsils
- Nasal blockage caused by colds, allergies, or sinus infections
- A family history of sleep apnea