Have you been suffering from constant exhaustion during the day? Have you begun to feel like you barely get any sleep no matter how early you go to bed? Has your significant other had to move to the couch to get some peace and quiet during the night? This might be due to sleep apnea, which occurs when soft tissue in your throat obstructs your airway while you sleep. Thankfully, your dentist can offer a solution to help you rest easier and treat your snoring.
Unblock Your Airway, Unlock A Good Night’s Sleep
If you notice that you have issues snoring throughout the night, or maybe suffer from a lack of energy during the day, you might be living with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is usually caused by excess tissue blocking your airways while you sleep. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to prolonged periods of oxygen and sleep deprivation, which can have a major impact on your overall health. Sleep apnea has been related to serious health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, and liver problems.
The typical way that doctors treat sleep apnea is by providing you with a continuous positive airway pressure (or CPAP) machine. The CPAP machine pumps a small amount of positive air pressure through your airway to keep it clear of obstructions. Although this machine does a good job of keeping your airways clear, it can also be very loud and bulky. Your dentist can treat this issue more quietly and discreetly by providing you with a custom-fitted oral appliance that pushes your lower jaw forward, keeping your air passages open while you sleep with the noise and bulk of a machine.
Our Dentist Will Help You Rest Easy
Our dentists can provide you with services to improve your oral health, overall health, and your confidence. Contact us at our local Shrewsbury, MA office at 508-842-8838.