Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that results in the shortage or stoppage of breath for varied periods of time during sleep cycles. There are three main types of the disorder with several different causes and symptoms associated with each. If left untreated, sleep apnea can potentially be life threatening.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form and is caused by an obstruction of your airway. When the throat muscles relax, your airway collapses just enough to block proper air flow. Age, weight, gender and family medical history can play a major role in how susceptible you are to having the disorder and how severely it affects you.
- Heavy snoring
- Long pauses in breathing patterns while asleep
- Excessive drowsiness during the day
- Changes in mood
- Poor memory and focus
- Diagnosis & Treatment
If you suspect that you have any type of sleep apnea or are experiencing disturbances to your breathing while sleeping, it is highly recommended that you get tested. Your doctor will be able to refer you to a sleep disorder center for further sleep studies. If diagnosed, seeking treatment should be of utmost importance. The professionals at Dentistry by RSE can help reduce OSA symptoms and improve your quality of sleep with the help of a SomnoDent device. SomnoDent is an oral device that is worn while sleeping. The customized, comfortable fit allows for the lower jaw to be moved forward slightly, thus tightening the obstructions of your upper airway (soft tissue, upper airway muscles). SomnoDent is designed to be as discreet as possible, and also allows you to talk and drink properly while in use. This is a convenient and viable option for many suffering from OSA. Speak with your doctor, or call our offices for more information on how this custom-made device may help you overcome this disorder.