Snoring And Sleep Apnea
Do you often wake up in the morning and not feel refreshed by a whole night’s sleep? Or does your husband or wife tell you how your snoring kept them up all night?
These could very well be signs that you have a condition called sleep apnea. This means that as the tongue muscles relax while you are asleep, it blocks the passage of air when you breathe. This causes the air to come in and out at a high velocity that causes the tissues in the throat and the mouth to vibrate, thus making the snoring sound. While we often associate snoring to having a deep sleep, the body is actually undergoing some degree of stress as it cannot breathe oxygen freely into the lungs.
If this sounds like you, you’ll be happy to know that there may be a simple solution. We could make an appliance for you to wear while sleeping that places your bottom jaw in a more forward position, thus preventing the tongue from falling back and blocking the airway. We simply need to take an impression to make a model of your teeth with, and this model is sent to the laboratory. They will make soft plastic forms that fit over your top and bottom teeth, and attach connectors on each side. These connectors keep the plastic forms together in such a way that your jaw is held forward when you wear them. While this is a nice conservative way of addressing the problem, the dentist will still let you know if other treatments are also good for you.