Chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are two related concerns that can impact how well you rest, and could even strain your immune system and heart health! But we can help you rest easy again, and without the need for a loud CPAP machine. In today’s blog, your Seattle, WA, dentist discusses how we improve sleep with an oral appliance and laser dentistry.
The Factors Behind Snoring and Sleep Apnea
We snore when our air passages are partially obstructed by soft tissues. When we breathe, air vibrates the soft tissues to create a loud sound. With sleep apnea, these air passages are blocked completely by soft tissues, so you actually stop breathing completely. This interrupts your sleep cycle, so you feel exhausted even if you feel you slept well the night before. Warning signs could include snoring, dry mouth, headaches, moodiness, daytime drowsiness, and episodes of waking suddenly gasping for air or choking. Treatment is crucial for avoiding serious oral health complications!
Long Term Complications
The disorder could leave you feeling exhausted, and impact how you work or interact with others. Sleep apnea could also strain your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to illness. The disorder also stresses your cardiovascular system, so you’re more likely to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and even heart attack. Don’t leave your overall health in danger, instead seek treatment to restore quality of life!
Oral Appliances and Laser Dentistry
A sleep guard is custom-made based on detailed images we take of your bite, ensuring a proper fit and treatment with precision. The device acts like a mouthguard, but shifts the jaw and brings it forward to keep airways open and free of obstruction as you rest. Our team could also help with laser dentistry, we could be used to brighten soft tissues in the throat to prevent blockage. Lasers provide care with precision and accuracy, and no need for anesthesia, sutures, or scalpels. The area heals quicker, and you return to your normal routine sooner!
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat sleep apnea with advanced technology and custom oral appliances, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a good night’s rest again, and a better quality of life, helping you feel more rested and alert!
Speak With Your Seattle, WA Dentist About Stopping Chronic Snoring
We want to make sure you can obtain a good night’s rest, without chronic snoring or cessation of breathing. Our team can do so with advanced technology and custom sleep guards. If you would like to learn more about addressing your sleep disorder and chronic snoring, call Ballard Neighborhood Dentist in Seattle, WA today at (206)789-2555!