Addressing Snoring and Sleep Apnea Directly
Scheduling a dental visit might not be your first thought when you consider seeking treatment for your snoring. However, snoring often originates within the back of your throat, where soft oral tissues can over-relax and block your airway while you sleep. The sound of snoring is the result of your throat and these tissues vibrating from the increased air pressure. In some cases, the obstruction can completely block your airflow—a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. To help you stop snoring and address sleep apnea, your dentist may be able to design a custom appliance that comfortably keeps your airway clear of obstruction while you sleep.
Breathing Better to Sleep Better
Chronic snoring affects your ability to receive oxygen while you sleep, which can have long-term impacts on your systemic wellbeing. However, if you have sleep apnea, then those risks are significantly higher. Sleep apnea consistently stops you from breathing, forcing your mind and body to wake up and clear your airway. These episodes are subtle enough that you don’t fully wake up, and therefore, may not remember them. Yet, their repetition deprives you of essential deep sleep as well as restricting your oxygen intake throughout the night. A custom sleep appliance can prevent these episodes from occurring by preventing your oral tissues from blocking your airway. The device supports your lower jaw in a slightly forward position, allowing for more space for your airflow and for your oral tissues to rest without obstructing your airway.
Sleep Better with a Custom-Made Appliance
Snoring and sleep apnea are closely related. Both originate with your oral and throat tissues, and both can often be treated with a custom-designed sleep appliance. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453.