Is Your Own Snoring Waking You Up?
We all snore once in a while, but for some people, snoring can be so incredibly loud that it wakes them or their sleep partners up! When that happens, no one is happy, and everyone wakes up less well rested. When snoring gets that extreme, it’s possible you’re suffering from a condition known as sleep apnea, which, left untreated, can have serious effects on your long-term health!
What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a condition involving airway obstruction caused by the relaxation of the soft tissue of your throat. For some people, this means loud snoring, and for others, it can result in a pause in breathing. Contributing factors like weight, age, neck size, and lifestyle choices like smoking can all contribute to the development of obstructive sleep apnea.
You may have sleep apnea and not even know it! Symptoms include:
As you continue to suffer from the effects of sleep apnea, you’re at increased risk for accidents and injury, often due to how poorly you are sleeping. This may sound dire, but you’d be surprised how easy treatment for sleep apnea can be! At Avant Dental, we’re glad to help you sleep easier and wake feeling more rested!
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
One of the most common and simplest forms of sleep apnea is a snore guard that you wear while sleeping. This simple devices helps keep your jaw from falling backward and therefore keeps your airway open. Not only will it help your breathing, but it will also prevent snoring, ensuring you and your sleep partner a good night’s rest! It’s amazing what such a simple device can do!
If you come to Avant Dental for sleep apnea treatment, we’ll start by taking an impression of your mouth. This impression is used by our dental lab to construct your snore guard, which we will usually receive back in a few weeks. We’ll have you in for a fitting, and once you’re comfortable with your new dental accessory, you’ll be all set to get a restful sleep!
For most patients, a snore guard is enough to alleviate sleep apnea symptoms and get your restful nights back, but sometimes it simply isn’t enough. In those cases, we can help you get a referral to a sleep specialist who can help make an appropriate diagnosis and suggest further treatment. This generally involves a sleep study performed using special equipment to track your airflow and movements at night.
Treatment may also include a CPAP machine, which uses controlled air to keep your breathing regulated at night.
If you think you’re suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t wait another night to find out if a simple device could help restore your ability to sleep and feel rested in the morning! Call one of our four Winnipeg area locations today or schedule an appointment using our online form. We look forward to treating you soon!
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