How your dentist can help with snoring?
- Posted on: Jun 15 2020
If there’s anything keeping your sleeping partner awake at night, it’s probably your snoring! Snoring is a habit that happens unconsciously, and can be one of the most common disrupters of quality sleep. Not only is snoring bothersome to others around you, it can also be a sign of a more chronic problem that requires attention: obstructive sleep apnea.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
The dentists at Boutique Smiles of Manhattan describe obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, as a specific sleeping disorder caused by a blockage in the airways. This blockage can be caused by swelling of the nasal passages (such as when patients have a cold), the tongue falling back into the throat, or due to excess fat around the neck closing the airway in. Regardless of how it occurs, it needs to be addressed to ensure patients are getting the restorative sleep they need each night. This condition can cause patients to stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times in one night, which eliminates the ability for patients to spend the necessary time they need in the deeper levels of sleep to feel well-rested the following day.
If I snore, do I have obstructive sleep apnea?
Not always, though snoring can be a sign of OSA. Snoring may occur on its own, and can also be treated in the same way as obstructive sleep apnea: with an oral appliance.
How does an oral appliance treat obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is effectively treated with an oral appliance which maintains open airways. The oral appliance is custom-made for the patient to fit and function at its best, ensuring results. Patients who comply with regularly nightly use of their oral appliance will find it to be lifechanging in terms of how they feel each morning, eliminating the daytime fatigue they were probably struggling with on a daily basis.
Request an appointment with Boutique Smiles of Manhattan!
If you struggle with snoring, or are dealing with a sleeping partner who does, it may be time to have an evaluation completed at Boutique Smiles of Manhattan. Our providers are here to help new and current patients with a wide selection of dental services, including solutions for obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring. Call (212) 262-2952 and connect with your team at 30 E 60th Street Suite 1101, Manhattan, New York 10022.
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