Millions of people occasionally snore. In fact, you may know someone close to you who does. While snoring is a common experience, chronic snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. You may not even realize you have this condition. You may simply notice you are still tired after a night’s sleep. When you visit us for exams and cleanings, we can go over your sleep habits and help determine if you have sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea happens when the oral tissues in your throat block the airway. The tissues collapse, making it more difficult to breathe. When this happens, you snore, but your snoring stops when the airway is completely blocked. That means you are no longer breathing, and your body forces itself to wake up so your airway can be cleared. This process may happen hundreds of times when you are sleeping. Over time, the sleep interruption may affect your overall health and well-being.
What Can Be Done About It?
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask and machine is often suggested to people who experience sleep apnea. However, many people may benefit from a custom-designed sleep appliance that is worn in the mouth when sleeping. The comfortable appliance helps keep the airway clear by gently moving the lower jaw forward, to prevent the oral tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway. We can design and fit the sleep appliance for you.
Schedule a Consultation About Sleep Apnea With Us Today
Chronic snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea. We can help address the issue by designing a sleep appliance to help you and your loved one have a good night’s sleep. To learn more, call the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic at (507) 437-6312.