Sleep Apnea & Snoring
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep is a restorative process that allows your body and your mind to rest and repair. As you sleep, you go through two different cycles, which repeat multiple times. Going through these cycles is essential for ensuring that you wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your sleep. When you have sleep apnea, your breathing stops for several seconds, called an apneic event, several times during the course of the night. In some cases, your breathing may stop for as long as 90 seconds. The severity ranges from mild, where you have 5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour, to severe, where you have over 30 apneic events per hour.
There are two types of sleep apnea. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This type of sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of your airway. The blocking of your airway can also cause snoring.
Other Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, although you might not be aware that you snore unless someone informs you of it. Waking up with a sore or dry throat can often point toward snoring as well. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Treating Sleep Apnea With Oral Appliances
Diagnosing sleep apnea requires a sleep study, which can be performed at a sleep clinic or in your own home. During the study, you are hooked up to machines while you sleep. These machines read the electrical signals in your brain and your body and record the information. A sleep specialist then reads the information and makes the diagnosis of sleep apnea or another sleep-related disorder.
We can help to treat your sleep apnea and stop your snoring with an oral appliance. Commonly called a night guard, these guards are made from impressions of your mouth, which ensures a comfortable fit. The guard works to hold your jaw in proper alignment, preventing it from sliding back. This, in turn, keeps your oral tissues forward and prevents them from blocking your airways.
Other Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are several other treatments that may be used to help alleviate your sleep apnea. These treatments include:
If you snore while you sleep and find that you wake up every day feeling excessively tired, you may be living with sleep apnea. For more information, call LakeView Dental Arts today at (865) 248-2199.