Couples seek snoring treatment from Sacramento, CA dentists
Quality sleep is essential to health and vigor. Sleeping with a partner also plays an important role. Research indicates that physical closeness may be one of the reasons people in relationships enjoy better health and live longer. It can be difficult to snuggle, though, when your bed mate gurgles, grumbles, or roars like a tractor-trailer. Dr. Kosta Adams and Dr. Kristen Adams provide treatment that helps Sacramento, CA area couples overcome snoring.
More than a snore
Loud, chronic snoring can drive half of a couple to the sofa or spare room, and it may also be a sign of a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
During an episode of sleep apnea, breathing becomes shallow or stops for up to several minutes. As blood oxygen levels plummet, the brain and body become deprived. A surge of adrenalin jolts you awake so that you gasp a few deep breaths, reposition, and start over. Obviously, this cycle (which may repeat dozens of times per hour), does not allow restful sleep for anyone in the room.
A patient with sleep-disordered breathing faces many possible health complications including:
- Acid reflux.
- Bruxism and TMJ problems.
- Daytime drowsiness.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure.
- Increased risk of workplace and roadway accidents.
- Lack of mental focus.
- Type 2 diabetes.
Snoring treatment rescues relationships in Sacramento, CA
Treatment for snoring and OSA has come a long way. At one time, surgery was a common consideration. Then CPAP became the go-to therapy, with a compressor providing a continuous flow of air, delivered through a face mask; then EPAP (expiratory positive airway pressure), a smaller breathing support device.
Today, you have an effective alternative for snoring and sleep apnea. This discreet device snaps over teeth with a customized fit. The splint keeps your tongue in place, positions the jaw slightly forward, and holds the mouth open just a bit. In many cases, it resolves to snore, and in severe cases of OSA, an oral appliance improves the effectiveness of CPAP.