If loud snoring is keeping your loved ones up at night and extreme fatigue is keeping you sluggish during the day, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, affecting over 20 million Americans. However, many never seek treatment for their condition, and even fewer are aware that there is an easy solution they can get from their dentist.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing is paused frequently during sleep. Your airway is cut off by some sort of physical blockage, and you will not resume breathing again until your brain jolts you awake so that you can clear your airway.
Sleep apnea episodes can occur dozens of times an hour all night long, but many sufferers are unaware that they have sleep apnea since they return to sleep immediately afterwards.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring.
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping.
- Loud gasping while sleeping.
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning.
- Extreme fatigue during the day.
- Concentration problems.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, you and your loved ones should make a note of all your symptoms.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
The most common form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, is often caused by:
- Extra tissue in the throat that closes off the airway.
- A bite alignment that is too far back.
- A narrow airway.
- Extra weight, especially around the neck.
Some lifestyle changes, including weight loss and a change in sleeping position, can relieve sleep apnea symptoms. Other causes of sleep apnea may require special treatment.
Our Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances
You can receive a simple solution for your sleep apnea from Tryon Dentistry. We offer an oral appliance that can be worn while you sleep to keep you breathing clear all night long. It may also stop you from snoring.
An oral appliance keeps your lower jaw positioned so that your airway remains unobstructed while you sleep. Dr. Tryon will design your oral appliance for fit and comfort.
Get the sleep you need! Contact Tryon Dentistry today to learn more about our sleep apnea oral appliances.