Sleep soundly with dental snoring solutions in Sacramento
Have you found that you toss and turn at night or wake up feeling unrested and exhausted? Perhaps your partner has pointed out your incessant snoring. While it may become a joke between the two of you, the fact is, excessive snoring is no laughing matter. All these symptoms could indicate that you have a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that affects more than your overnight rest. It can also increase your risk for other serious health conditions. At Adams Dental Associates in Sacramento, CA, we offer dental snoring solutions to improve your health and overall quality of life.
Insomnia vs. Sleep Apnea
One of the first steps to improving your lifestyle is determining the cause of your symptoms. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects your ability to fall or stay asleep. Sleep apnea is a condition in which your airway becomes blocked and temporarily stops your breathing. While the two conditions are often linked, for the purpose of this article, we will be discussing treatment for sleep apnea.
During a sleep apnea episode, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth collapses, closing off the airway and rendering you temporarily unable to breathe. The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Gasping for air
- Feeling like you are choking
- Frequent waking, hundreds of times per night
Dental Snoring Solutions
If you were diagnosed with sleep apnea from your primary care physician, an ENT, or a sleep medicine physician, you may have been recommended CPAP therapy. CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure machines, are often the first course of treatment for sleep apnea. The machine can be bothersome and loud, causing a lot of patients to quit treatment.
As an alternative to CPAP machines, we offer oral appliance therapy. At Adams Dental Associates in Sacramento, we have found that many patients love the custom-made orthotic for the following reasons:
- Improved comfort
- Extremely effective
- Small and easy to travel with
Patients undergoing oral appliance therapy will first be fitted with a custom appliance that very closely resembles a sports mouthguard. The appliance is to be worn at night while you sleep to keep the jaw in a slightly forward position and prevent the soft tissue from blocking the airway. Patients who choose oral appliance therapy report feeling well-rested, easier breathing, and best of all – no more snoring!
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The importance of treating sleep disorders
Sleep disorders can have a profoundly negative impact on health and quality of life. Luckily, there are treatment options that are comfortable and easy to use. Many patients are shocked to find that a simple appliance is all it takes to improve their rest and their partner’s.
If you live in the Sacramento, CA area and you have either been diagnosed with sleep apnea or you would like to consult with our team about your symptoms, please give Adams Dental Associates a call at (916) 999-1302 to book an appointment. We are happy to answer any questions you have about oral appliance therapy to help you improve your sleep and your life.