Is it Just Snoring or Sleep Apnea?
The National Sleep Foundation says that snoring is an extremely common problem that affects nearly 90 million American adults today. It’s a noisy disturbance that can occur nightly or periodically and can affect anyone of any gender at any age. Of those millions of people who snore, 37 million of them snore on a regular basis.
Many people think snoring is just an annoying habit that they experience and have no control over it, or they think the only thing they can do is switch their sleeping position. However, 75% of those people that snore are also sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
What is OSA?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep and breathing condition that occurs due to the narrowing or total closure of a person’s airway. OSA results when either the tongue or the soft tissue in the back of the throat completely block a person’s breathing airway and interrupt their ability to properly breathe. This alerts the brain as it detects the lack of oxygen the body is receiving and prompts a momentary arousal to facilitate breathing.
Although sleep apnea sufferers may experience hundreds of apnea episodes per night, they’re unlikely to remember any of them. In fact, if the sufferer lives alone or sleeps separately from their partner, it’s likely they’re unaware of their condition at all, even after many years.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
People suffering from sleep apnea will also often feel drowsy throughout the day, wake up with headaches, be irritable, have memory loss, suffer from insomnia, or have little to no energy or motivation.
It can also lead to greater health risks if left untreated such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Dr. Houenou’s Customized Treatment
Most people who are diagnosed with sleep apnea are initially recommended to use a CPAP mask. Although a CPAP machine is the most commonly used treatment for sleep apnea and snoring, many patients complain that the continuous air that blows through their mouth at night is a major disturbance to their sleep. Many users are unable to comply with the loud noise, bulkiness, and claustrophobic feel of a CPAP as well.
Here in Lawrenceville, GA, Dr. Houenou offers an effective, smaller, customized alternative for patients who have tried CPAP and hated it. Our dental-made oral appliances are a more comfortable method used to treat mild-to-moderate sleep apnea and have been favored over CPAP for its easy use, convenience, portability, and silence.
An oral appliance works to move the lower or upper jaw forward in order to clear the obstruction in your throat that is stopping your breathing. It’s made specifically to each individual’s unique needs and fits precisely in their mouth in order to deliver effective results.
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Once diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Houenou can help you find a treatment that you’ll feel comfortable with. If CPAP isn’t for you, an oral appliance can likely help relieve your sleep apnea, as well as your snoring.
Today’s the day to start feeling energized and eager for the day ahead of you. Leave your fatigue behind and seek care at Optima Dental in Lawrenceville, Ga. Contact us to start your journey towards a healthier, happier, and exciting life with our sleep apnea and snoring treatments.
Call us at for a dental appointment at (770) 962-4322.