Sleep Apnea and Snoring Appliances Combats Sleeplessness and Other Unpleasant Symptoms
Sleeping beside your partner is not your most favorite thing; when you are deep in sleep, your bed partner awakens you with raucous snoring. Sometimes, you prefer sleeping on the couch to enjoy a good night’s sleep. When you hear your partner snoring loudly and waking up gasping for air, sleep apnea could be the culprit — and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder that needs treatment before it causes numerous health complications. The good thing is that a dentist can help overcome sleep apnea symptoms. At Carolinas BioHealth Dentistry in Clemmons, North Carolina, Dr. Tyler Wynne uses a customized mouthguard to overcome sleep apnea symptoms.
What is sleep apnea?
It’s a sleep-disordered breathing condition that results in cessation of breathing while sleeping. While the stoppages in breathing last for about 10 seconds, these episodes may occur up to a hundred times a night!
But what causes the pause in breathing? If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse, blocking your airway. While rare, some patients have central sleep apnea (CSA), where the brain fails to signal breathing muscles.
Symptoms of sleep apnea
Loud snoring is the hallmark symptom of sleep apnea as air tries to force past the narrowed airway. However, most sleep apnea symptoms occur because the body doesn’t get the much-needed oxygen. Besides chronic snoring, the other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Daytime fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Gasping for air when sleeping
- Loss of concentration
- Reduced sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
If you suspect sleep apnea, don’t dismiss the symptoms. This sleep disorder may put you at risk of health complications like hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and depression.
Treating sleep apnea at a dentist’s office
Most doctors prescribe CPAP machines to help sleep apnea sufferers. While CPAPs work, most patients find them noisy, cumbersome, and irritating; hence stop using them halfway through treatment, which leads to dire health problems.
Dr. Wynne prescribes a customized mouthguard to overcome obstructive sleep apnea. This custom dental device is comfortable and easy to use. But how does it work? The mouthguard pushes the lower jaw forward and prevents the soft tissues in the throat from collapsing. These actions keep your airway open throughout when sleeping.
Sleep Apnea Treatment without CPAP
Are you tired of turning and tossing when sleeping? Do you want to maximize your sleep at night? Do you suspect sleep apnea? Carolinas BioHealth Dentistry in Clemmons, NC, can help. We offer custom-made dental devices to combat snoring and sleep apnea. Please book an appointment today with Dr. Tyler Wynne to get the help you need. Call us at (336) 793-0577.