Torrington Sleep Apnea
Snoring and sleep apnea are two very common health issues that can usually be alleviated by dental appliances. Snoring is a vibration of the throat caused by an obstructed airway, usually due to relaxation of the throat muscles during sleep.
Snoring can be a sign of a more serious condition called sleep apnea. This condition is when the throat closes during sleep and stops breathing, for a period of 5 to 30 seconds.
Both of these conditions can be curbed or alleviated by visiting us.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do dentists treat sleep apnea and snoring?
Dental treatment for sleep apnea usually involves the use of a CPAP machine and mask. The CPAP machine prevents apnea by keeping your airway open while you sleep.
Dental treatment for snoring depends on the cause. Treatments can include orthodontic treatment, bite appliances to reposition the jaws, or sleep counselling.
We may also recommend lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, reducing stress, and quitting smoking to reduce or eliminate risk factors that can contribute to snoring or sleep apnea.
What is oral appliance therapy for snoring?
Oral appliance therapy uses a device that fits over your teeth and holds your airway open. The appliance is designed to fit comfortably so it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.
Do I need to go to my doctor before seeing a dentist for snoring or apnea treatment?
If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, you should speak to your physician before talking to your dentist. Sleep disorders are medical conditions, and they need to be properly diagnosed before treatment begins. Once you begin treatment with a dentist, they will work together with your doctor to determine the right treatment for you.