Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Caused by the narrowing or blocking of the airway, snoring can disrupt the airflow and cause the soft palate and tissues of the throat to vibrate. The uvula vibrates during inhalation and creates the snore sound. The narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring.
In addition to being a nuisance to those around you, snoring can also disrupt your own sleep and, more importantly, impact your overall health by causing fatigue, difficulty concentrating or headaches.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a patient experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The sleep disruption caused by sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of sleep, leaving you tired and irritable.
Mild sleep apnea can often be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, positional therapy, or oral appliance therapy that can help maintain an open airway while you sleep.
For moderate to severe sleep apnea, a breathing device called a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) uses a mask that fits over your mouth and/or nose to gently blow air into your throat, creating air pressure that helps keep your airway open while you sleep.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Many patients that suffer from either sleep apnea or snoring may be able to find relief using a custom removable oral appliance which adjusts the position of the lower jaw and tongue during sleep. Our office can create a personalized Mandibular Advancement Device for you to wear during sleep in order to maintain an open, unobstructed airway when worn while sleeping. Please be sure to bring your oral appliance in to your appointments to make sure it is fitting properly.