Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a nighttime problem that affects almost 70% of adults and can cause disrupted sleep and lead to various health problems. Snoring occurs when the tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth vibrates against the back of the throat, resulting in a harsh sound. During sleep, the muscles that line the airway relax, and at the same time, narrow the airway. When air tries to pass through the narrow airway, it causes the tissues to vibrate against each other and cause snoring. Loud snoring is also a possible indication of a more serious health problem – sleep apnea.
Stop Snoring and Sleep Better
There are several lifestyle changes that can help to decrease your snoring problem, such as losing weight, exercising regularly and avoiding alcohol before bedtime. Although, if you already follow this lifestyle and still suffer from snoring, or if you suffer from sleep apnea, you may require a higher level of treatment to obtain a good night's sleep. Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders offers several solutions for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea that will help you start getting the rest you need.
If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine could be the best solution for you. A CPAP machine softly pushes air into the lungs which prevents the throat tissues from collapsing. You will be able to take deep, uninterrupted breaths and obtain rejuvenating sleep.
If CPAP Therapy is not a good option for you, we also offer Oral Appliance Therapy. The most common type or oral appliance is a mandibular repositioning device (MRD). The MRD holds the jaw in a forward position, which increases the opening of the airway and decreases snoring. Our team of professionals will help you decide which device is right for you.
Do You Snore?
If you are a loud snorer and are unable to obtain a good night's sleep, please contact our office today for a sleep apnea consultation.