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?
Is snoring dangerous?
What is sleep apnea?
See our FAQ page for more information.