Stop Snoring and Treat Sleep Apnea
Snoring is common, but contrary to popular belief, it isn’t necessarily harmless. The specifics of snoring and its related disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), make it more difficult to breathe while you sleep. In the case of OSA, you can chronically lose sleep without realizing it until the symptoms of sleep deprivation become apparent. To stop snoring and overcome sleep apnea, Dr. Schmidt can recommend treatment, such as a custom-designed mouthguard, to keep your airway open and clear of obstruction.
The Causes of Snoring
When you sleep and your body relaxes, certain areas should remain active – particularly your vital processes like swallowing saliva and breathing. Sometimes, however, your oral tissues and throat muscles can relax too much as you sleep, collapsing into and partially blocking your airway. Snoring is the sound of your throat vibrating as air is forced through the suddenly smaller pathway. Besides being obtrusive, snoring also makes your body work harder to receive a smaller-than-usual amount of oxygen.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
“Apnea” is translated from Greek as “without breath,” or “stop breathing.” When you stop breathing in your sleep, you will not awaken immediately, but will continue without breath until your mind panics several moments later. Though it forces your body to breathe again, an apneic episode will not likely wake you from consciousness. Yet, repeating itself hundreds of times a night can prevent you from achieving deep levels of sleep (REM sleep) that your mind and body need to recuperate and reenergize.
How to Treat Snoring/Sleep Apnea
If snoring or sleep apnea remains untreated, the condition could noticeably increase your risks of certain systemic issues, like cardiovascular issues. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, or if you wish to seek snoring treatment for yourself or a partner, then Dr. Schmidt may be able to offer a comfortable solution with a custom sleep guard. The guard will position your lower jaw in a manner that keeps your airway open and prevents oral tissues from obstructing it. For patients who cannot sleep comfortably with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, a custom sleep guard may be the optimal solution.
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