Do you wake up every morning feeling like you just didn't get a good night’s rest?
Do you then find yourself going to work in a daze?
Do you find yourself falling asleep behind the wheel as you are driving?
The presence of any of these symptoms might be an indication that you are suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing for very short intervals of time while they are sleeping. This can happen up to 400 times in 1 night. Breathing may stop for up to 3 minutes and then you wake up gasping for air. Once you start breathing again, you fall back to sleep. This cycle can continue all night long, night after night and it takes a toll on your health.
When you sleep, your muscles relax, and the soft palate vibrates as you breathe in and out. Snoring occurs when air can't flow freely in and out of your throat. Alcohol, sedatives, and excessive weight tend to worsen the effects of snoring.
LifeSmiles Dental Corp can fashion a snoring appliance that is custom made for your mouth. It is worn while you are sleeping and it realigns the lower jaw, helping to prevent the soft palate from closing the throat and allowing more air to flow in and out. Sometimes it takes a few weeks to get used to wearing the appliance, but before long, you won't want to go to sleep without it.
For more information about custom snoring appliances and sleep apnea, please contact any of our 5 area locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by the vibration or flapping of the tissues lining the air passages. Anatomy, injury and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drinking alcohol and obesity are all factors that can contribute to snoring.
Is snoring dangerous?
Snoring can contribute to fatigue and morning tiredness, which can affect alertness and cause us to make mistakes or have an accident. Snoring patients seem to experience an added risk for high blood pressure and stroke. When snoring is accompanied by sleep apnea, additional health risks may occur.
What is sleep apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a medical condition that causes a blockage of the upper airway during sleep. It is usually associated with a reduction in the level of blood oxygen saturation. This change in oxygen is felt to be the cause of tiredness and poor sleep quality.
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