Did You Know a Dentist Can Help with Snoring or Sleep Apnea?
If your spouse is tired of your snoring…or you are just plain tired every morning, it might be time to consult with your dentist.
Snoring is at best annoying to anyone who is trying to sleep near you, but it could also be a symptom of a dangerous health condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Disordered Breathing Can Be Debilitating
If you have sleep apnea, your throat muscles and tongue collapse onto the back of your throat, block your airway, and make you stop breathing repeatedly all night. When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause excessive daytime fatigue, as well as headaches and memory loss.
Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for serious health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chronic acid reflux
- Erectile dysfunction
Sleep apnea is clearly not a condition that should be left untreated. There are many people who snore that do not suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, but getting tested in the only way to know for sure.
Snoring or Sleep Apnea? Either Way We Can Help
A doctor who is typically a sleep specialist can determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea or simple snoring. This is diagnosed through a sleep study, which can take place at home or at a sleep center.
Sleep disordered breathing can happen at different severity levels, and it can impact your sleep and health to different degrees. Here is a short video that provides a visual of what happens when a patient suffers from sleep apnea:
Whether you need to treat sleep apnea or simply relieve snoring, it’s very likely that we can help by creating a custom dental appliance.
An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. They support your jaw in a forward position to keep the airway open during sleep, thereby preventing it from collapsing and blocking the normal flow of air during breathing.
At Kellerman Dental, we specialize in treating snoring and sleep apnea for our Edwardsville and Glen Carbon area patients by using state-of-the-art sleep appliances. If you’re suffering with sleep issues, we’d love to have you in for a consultation to see if we can help.
What Difference Can a Dental Appliance Make in Your Quality of Life?
For many patients, the experience of getting restful sleep for the first time in many years can be a real life changer. And of course we hear from many grateful partners who no longer have to suffer through long nights next to a snorer!
Here’s what two recent Kellerman Dental patients shared with us:
Before using the sleep appliance I was usually exhausted all day long and had to take a nap nearly every day. I would often wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I couldn’t breathe.
The sleep appliance has helped me so much. It took a bit of time to get used to it and for the first few weeks I’d wake up with it out of my mouth. At about the third week I started noticing changes in my sleeping, once I started consistently wearing the sleep appliance throughout the night.
I’m sleeping better throughout the night and rarely wake up. It’s pretty comfortable to sleep in now, even though even though at first it felt big. I have more energy when I first wake up and throughout the day. I’m taking fewer naps and when I do nap it’s not for hours but generally less than an hour usually about 25 minutes. I’ve gotten more done and my mood has improved.
I’d recommend getting the sleeping appliance if you’re thinking of getting it. It’s been worth the money for me. My husband is also sleeping better since I don’t move around as much as I used to and I don’t snore at all.
For some patients, the results can be almost immediate. That was the experience for Layla:
The first time I tried the device at Kellerman Dental’s office, I was skeptical of its effectiveness and not sure I could get use to its bulkiness. However, I gradually got use to wearing it at night and it made a big difference in quality of my sleep. I noticed this difference the very first night I tried it on, even though it was only for a few hours.
I woke up refreshed in the morning and the feeling was something I had not experienced in a very long time. In fact, I had forgotten how it feels to have a normal sleep at night. I used to be tired all day, every day. This device definitely changed my life!
We’d love to have you experience the joy of improved sleep! Please contact us today for a consultation.