Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Snoring and sleep apnea are not the same condition.
Snoring is simply the sound that occurs when soft tissues in the mouth and throat vibrate as a person breathes.
Sleep apnea involves complete airway blockage for periods of 10 seconds or longer repeatedly during a sleep session. While snoring is not dangerous, sleep apnea increases a person’s risk for stroke, heart attack, daytime fatigue, irritability, and other issues.
How we can help: Sleep apnea should be diagnosed by a sleep lab – your dentist can recommend a reputable facility.
Traditionally, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) appliance is the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment. However, many patients do not respond well to CPAP because of a poor fit, claustrophobia or discomfort.
For these patients, and others, a sleep guard may be recommended. Your dentist can create a custom sleep guard to hold your lower jaw slightly forward, which prevents soft tissues from blocking airflow. Many patients find relief from this non-invasive solution.
Dr. Stephen Dunn wants to help you relieve your sleep apnea. For more information, please schedule an appointment and we will be in touch with you shortly.