Sleep Better by Treating Snoring / Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a common phenomenon, and although it can greatly disturb many patients’ sleeping partners, most of them don’t consider it a health risk worth looking into. Yet, given the mechanisms behind it and its close association with the disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, we recommend seeking an assessment immediately if you or your partner struggle with snoring. At Summit Dental, we can help you find relief with a custom-designed sleepguard designed to keep your airway clear and open while you sleep.
The Reasons Behind Snoring
As you drift off to sleep, your body relaxes entirely, including the muscles and tissues in your mouth and throat. Sometimes, these tissues can partially block your airway, causing your breath to make noise as it squeezes through a smaller path. The sound of the air, and of the oral tissues that vibrate in response, is recognized as snoring.
What is Sleep Apnea?
When oral tissues completely block your airway, however, the obstruction will cause you to completely stop breathing for moments at a time. Eventually, your brain will panic and wake your body to forcibly clear your airway, but in most cases, you will remain unconscious and unaware that your sleep has been disturbed. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea can experience these episodes hundreds of times in a single night, completely deprived of the opportunity to fall into a deep, restful sleep.