Can My Dentist Help With My Snoring?

General Dentistry Sleep apnea

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Partner can’t sleep because you snore? Is it finally time to do away with it? At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we can help.

Snoring sounds can occur when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses onto the soft palate. This constricts the air flow. As you breathe, this area opens and closes—with a noisy result.

Your snoring may be a symptom of a condition called sleep apnea. With Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the air passageway not only narrows, you actually stop breathing. These pauses can last for up to a minute and occur repeatedly dozens or even hundreds of time per night.

Many people with sleep apnea snore, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. Regular snoring does not generally wake you up during the night.

Is My Snoring a Symptom of Sleep Apnea?

  • Do you wake up numerous times during the night gasping?
  • Are you excessively tired during the day?
  • Do you wake up with a headache?
  • Are you so sleepy during the day that you doze off?
  • Are your mouth and throat noticeably dry when you wake up?

Snoring is more than a pesky annoyance. It has significant health consequences. And sleep apnea is even more dangerous because it completely cuts off the oxygen flow.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most prevalent type. It is caused by throat muscles relaxing and blocking the airway.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: The cause of the breathing cessation originates in the central nervous system. The brain fails to control the breathing muscles.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea): This condition is present when a person has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Can My Dentist Help Me Stop Snoring?

If you or a loved one snores, call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We treat sleep disorders. We’ve also got a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

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480-428-0040

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C-PAP Is Not The Only Sleep Apnea Treatment in Phoenix

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Do you think you might have sleep apnea? If so, it’s important to see your doctor right away. Sleep apnea is a serious problem in Phoenix and across the nation. If left untreated, it can be life-threatening.

Does your bed partner tell you that you frequently stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Abrupt awakenings
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially right after waking
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring cessations in breathing during sleep robs the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When the person resumes breathing, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

CPAP (Positive Airway Pressure) may be the most well-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people don’t know that there are other ways to treat it.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) conducted by a dentist can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved OAT in the following circumstances:

A custom-fit oral appliance allows patients to breath normally while sleeping. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea must be made by a medical doctor. If the physician recommends oral appliance therapy, he or she will refer the patient to a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders.

The advantages of an oral appliance over a CPAP machine include:

  • More convenient
  • More comfortable
  • Portable
  • Quiet
  • Requires no electricity
  • Easy to clean
  • May allow wearer to talk and eat during use

If you have been suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea, OAT can restore your health. The team at Harris Dental encourages you to see an MD soon before your health is compromised. For more information about sleep apnea, call Harris Dental to schedule a consultation.

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480-428-0040

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