Do You or Your Partner Snore During Sleep?
Over 30 million Americans snore on a regular basis. What many don’t realize is that snoring can often be a dental issue, but Infinity Dental of Fox Lake offers a range of treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.
Snoring is often not just the result of a stuffy nose or bad sleeping position, it can also be the sign of a health concern called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which has been linked to a greater risk of stroke, heart disease and other physical health issues. Patients who suffer from OSA actually stop breathing momentarily during sleep, depriving their organs of much needed oxygen, and then restart with a loud snore. Sleep apnea is diagnosed by a medical professional and more severe cases are treated with the CPAP appliance. However, oral appliance therapy has proven to be effective for mild to moderate cases and may be recommended as an alternative for those who are intolerant of the CPAP.
There are a number of reasons people snore or suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):
- Age: As you get older you are more likely to snore
- Weight: Overweight and obese people are more likely to snore and develop sleep apnea
- Lifestyle: Drinking, smoking and sedative use increase your risk for snoring
- Sleeping Position: You are more likely to snore if you sleep on your back than on your side or stomach
- Diabetes and other medical conditions
OSA is frequently the result of a blocked airway and is more common in patients who are overweight, have a large neck and/or have enlarged tonsils. OSA can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, but there are several key symptoms that many experience and that should be brought to the attention of your doctor or dentist:
- Loud snoring- sometimes only noticed by family members
- Morning headaches
- Feeling groggy or unable to concentrate, even after a “good night’s sleep”
- Sleepiness during the day or while driving
- Insomnia or frequently waking up at night
- A consistent sore or dry throat in the morning
Oral Appliance Therapy in Fox Lake
Dr. Tom Prendergast of Infinity Dental recommends oral appliance therapy for many patients who snore or have mild to moderate OSA. In some cases, patients may perform a test at home which can be analyzed by their physician and coordinated with Dr. Prendergast for treatment with an oral appliance, or snore guard.
An Oral Appliance can:
- Repositions the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate or uvula
- Stabilizes the lower jaw and tongue
- Increases the muscle tone of the tongue and throat
While the CPAP machine is often recommended and considered the “gold standard” for treatment of OSA, oral appliance therapy can also be very effective because of higher rates of compliance among patients. Most patients prefer oral appliance therapy, find it to be a more comfortable option and are therefore more likely to use it consistently.
OSA can be a debilitating health issue when unresolved, affecting daily life for many as well as posing greater health risks.
Schedule a Consultation
If you suffer from snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, schedule a consultation at Infinity Dental today. A quick and easy snore appliance could mean more restful nights for you and your partner. Discuss your concerns during a visit with Dr. Prendergast in his Fox Lake dental office and restore your health with a better night’s sleep!