Is your spouse causing you sleepless nights because of snoring? Or perhaps you wake up feeling tired every morning? While snoring is annoying and frustrating to anyone, it could be a sign of a serious health condition called sleep apnea.
The good news is that if you are struggling with snoring, you can benefit from sleep apnea and snoring solutions from a New Hampshire dentist. Yes, you heard that right, a dentist. Many people associate dentists with oral health, but they can help with snoring solutions, too. Still not convinced? Stay hooked as Nashua Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, PLLC shares more insights.
Snoring and sleep apnea
Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction of the airways when sleeping. This obstruction can be caused by the soft tissue at the back of your mouth or the tongue coming into contact with each other, causing a vibration.
If you have sleep apnea, regular breathing is interrupted when sleeping. There are two common types of sleep apnea. They include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea: It is more common and occurs when airflow is disrupted while sleeping, mostly when the soft tissue at the back of the mouth collapses.
- Central sleep apnea: It occurs because of an abnormality of how the brain communicates with the breathing muscles. In this form of sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. Common causes for this sleep disorder include heart failure, stroke, and brain tumors.
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, about 22 million people in the US suffer from sleep apnea. Worse yet, 80 percent of the cases are yet to be diagnosed. The danger? If left untreated, sleep apnea can trigger diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, and other cardiovascular complications.
How a dentist can help with snoring problems
Whether you are suffering from sleep apnea or normal snoring, we can help. We recommend an oral appliance, which fits like a sports mouth guard, to be put in your mouth while you sleep. This device stabilizes your jaw in a forward position, preventing the airway openings from collapsing while sleeping.
Many patients report experiencing a restful night for the first time when they start using this state-of-the-art appliance. Additionally, many partners are full of praise for the gadget as they no longer must endure long nights with a snorer next to them.
Treatment for sleep disorders in New Hampshire
Would you like to experience the joy of improved sleep? Please contact [phone1] to book an appointment with Dr. Amanda Smith, Dr. Judi Whitcomb, and Dr. Nicole Byer. With our custom-fit oral appliance, you will start to experience healthier sleep.