Treat Snoring & Sleep Apnea

One of the most important components of having a high quality of sleep is being able to breathe comfortably. New challenges are discovered every day about the difficulties of having a good pattern of sleep – one of them is snoring. Glendale dentist, Dr. Marine presents several details about snoring treatment, as well as the risks of avoiding them.

Snoring problems can be a sign of an underlying condition. When we go to sleep, our throat relaxes. The air passageway narrows. When air is forced through the area, the tissues vibrate. Snoring is the sound it makes. This can point to a condition known as sleep apnea. There are three type of this disorder, including mixed, central, and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when you temporarily stop breathing while asleep. The brain does not signal the muscles to breathe. It affects people that have neurological conditions, are on sedative type medications or have suffered from a stroke.

Mixed sleep apnea occurs when a person uses a CPAP device for obstructive sleep apnea. The brain may not signal due to the reasons listed above. It was recently discovered in some sleep labs that individuals can suffer from both obstructive and central types of sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. A restriction of the airway can cause a person to snore loudly. More severe cases involve a pause in breathing that can become longer without treatment. Obstructive sleep apnea can be life-threatening if left undiagnosed and untreated.

The first step in diagnosing sleep apnea is to talk to your dentist. Tell your dentist about any sleep problems you notice, or other symptoms. If you get complaints from your sleeping partner about your snoring, or if it has gotten worse, it could be a sign of a problem. Some other symptoms to consider are:

• Insomnia

• Excessive sleepiness during the day

• Frequent headaches

• Mood swings

• Dry mouth and throat

If the thought of wearing a CPAP device worries you, talk with a dentist in the Glendale, Pasadena, or Burbank area about snoring appliances. Snoring appliances may resolve the problem before further treatment is necessary. They are a series of mouth guards that can open the airway allowing air to pass easily. They can help improve your quality of sleep as well as comfort.

The appliances resolve the problem of tissue relaxation during sleep. The positioners will hold the lower jaw forward, preventing it from falling back or open during sleep. By stabilizing the jaw, the airway remains fully accessible to the passage of air.

There are different sleep apnea appliances to choose from. Each has a different way in which it supports the temporal joints and their surrounding tissue. These appliances are Tap 1, Silencer, Gelb Splint, Respire, Tap 3 Elite, EMA, Serrano Sleeper, Snap-Fit, Telescopic Herbst, and Day Splint.

Choosing the right appliance begins with an examination of the structures of your mouth. The correct appliance is then chosen. A good night sleep is about more than just getting rest. Sleep is a restorative action the body needs to perform at its best. It repairs the heart and blood vessels, regulates glucose metabolism, and restores healthy brain function. By recognizing the signs early, patients can seek treatment in a more timely manner.


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