We often make fun of snoring, but it may actually be a sign of a life-threatening disorder called sleep apnea.
This is a serious problem, but many people are unaware that they can often resolve the problem with a simple oral appliance.
Why Do I Snore?
Snoring occurs because while you sleep, your tongue relaxes and falls backward, which partially blocks your airway. Your body is essentially deprived of sufficient oxygen, and as it struggles to obtain air, it creates the vibration that we call snoring.
This is just one part of several disorders we refer to as sleep apnea. Without treatment, sleep apnea can take a serious toll on your overall health, leading to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and other physical problems.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, start by contacting your physician. Depending on the severity of your condition, he or she may opt to conduct a sleep study. In more serious cases, it may be necessary for you to wear a CPAP mask to keep your airway open while you sleep.
The customized device is worn while you sleep and looks similar to a mouth guard; however, its function is completely different. The device moves the lower jaw forward enough to keep the airway open and prevent your tongue from relaxing and blocking the airway.
Dental Care at Moon Valley does not provide sleep apnea treatment in the 85022 area, but we would be happy to see you for a dental exam or to refer you to a nearby specialist.
Contact Our Phoenix Dentist Office for More Information
Snoring is no laughing matter. If you are bothered by excessive snoring or wake up feeling exhausted, please call our office. Dr. Chad Hines will perform a thorough exam and help you determine next steps for sleep apnea treatment.