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Special Services Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Everyone can tell you a funny story about someone who snores. It may be about their father, and old roommate, or even your spouse. The truth is snoring and related sleep orders are no laughing matter.
Many of our patients suffer from sleep disorders. We are committed to helping them treat these in order to improve their quality of life and reduce the risks of serious health issues. We screen for sleep disorders and work closely with physicians on treatment options. Oral appliance therapy may be the optimal starting point and we can provide this to our patients.
Snoring is the name we give to the sound produced during sleep by vibrations in the back of the throat (mostly the uvula and soft palate). It is estimated that between 30 to 50 percent of adults snore during sleep.
Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where a person temporarily stops breathing during the night, and these episodes occur repeatedly during the night. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or a "Sleep Study".
Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea
Since Sleep Apnea is a disorder that can result in serious health problems, it is important that you consult with your physician to determine if further studies are necessary.
"Snoring is known to cause sleep deprivation to snorers and those around them, as well as daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus and decreased libido. It has also been suggested that it can cause significant psychological and social damage to sufferers. Multiple studies reveal a positive correlation between loud snoring and risk of heart attack (about +34% chance) and stroke (about +67% chance)."
There are three methods of treatment for both snoring and sleep apnea:
1- Oral appliances
2- Continuous positive airway pressure machines (CPAP) and
3- Surgery
Your dentist can treat both sleep apnea and snoring with dental appliances with great success but may refer you to a medical doctor for diagnosis of sleep apnea. Mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea respond well to the oral appliances, but the severe cases usually need the CPAP machine.
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