Have you been struggling with snoring or difficulty getting a good night’s sleep? If so, it may be time to pay a visit to our dentists at Ramona Main Street Dental. It may be that your sleep troubles are a result of sleep apnea. It may come as a surprise, but dentists can often diagnose sleep disorders quite early on.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your breathing can repeatedly start and stop several times throughout the night. There are several types of sleep apnea, but one of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea.
With this type, the muscles in the back of your throat tend to relax throughout the night, resulting in your airway closing as you breathe in. When this happens, you are unable to receive enough air, and your brain sends a signal to wake up so that you can get air.
While the symptoms of sleep apnea can differ from patient to patient, here are some common symptoms:
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea are often prescribed oral sleep appliances to assist them. These appliances are worn in the mouth during the night or only during sleep. They will normally fit into the mouth like a mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.
These appliances work to prevent the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw and creating an open and unobstructed airway.
Dealing with sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your body. Here at Ramona Main Street Dental, our dentists care about you and your health.
If you find that you’ve been having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to call our Ramona office. Our dentists can help you determine if you’re suffering from sleep apnea, and determine what course of treatment will be beneficial for you.