Do you have difficulty breathing at night? Does your snoring keep those you live with awake at night? Loud and persistent snoring can happen when a person’s airway is partially obstructed at night during sleep. This can happen for a number of reasons but could lead to a more serious condition that is commonly referred to as obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the regular breathing pattern is interrupted, and a stoppage of breathing occurs. Some partners report sounds of choking or struggling to inhale.
Believe it or not, your dentist can offer a wide range of solutions to help treat snoring and sleep apnea. Treating the root of the problem can lead to an increase in energy and focus during the day, as it is directly affecting the quality of the patient’s rest. There can be several options that a potential patient will want to explore for treating their sleep apnea.
Solutions that are offered in the dental office begin with an initial consultation to assess the severity of the sleep apnea. Once the sleep apnea has been assessed, the dentist can put together a treatment plan. One of the most common treatments is for the dentist to make a custom-fitted mouthguard to help the patient retain jaw position during sleep and increase airflow.
To really assess sleep apnea, an appointment for consultation is required. Give one of our friendly offices a call and we can get you on the path to treatment for sleep apnea today!