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Sleep apnea is an inconvenient and often dangerous sleeping condition that can leave you and those around you without the benefit of a good night’s sleep. In some cases, sleep apnea is treated using surgical methods, but for many patients, there are non-surgical approaches to sleep apnea. All Smiles Northwest provides custom sleep apnea mouth guards for Everett, WA patients. The use of a sleep apnea mouth guard can help open your airways to reduce blockages, resulting in better sleep without the use of a CPAP machine. Please contact us today to see how a sleep apnea mouth guard can help minimize or stop your sleep apnea symptoms!
Sleep apnea is a disorder affecting an individual’s ability to get a full night’s sleep due to repeated breathing interruptions and excessively loud snoring. There are three classifications for sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat are relaxed, which causes your airway to narrow as you breathe. A person with obstructive sleep apnea doesn’t get enough air, lowering their blood’s oxygen level and causing them to wake up choking or gasping for breath as many as 30 times every hour, all night long. Central sleep apnea is caused by a breakdown in communication between your brain and your breathing muscles. Complex sleep apnea syndrome is a rare combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Factors that may increase your risk for developing sleep apnea include being overweight, having a thicker neck or narrowed airway, being male or an older adult, being a smoker, having a family history of sleep apnea, having issues with nasal congestion or allergies, or using alcohol or sedatives regularly. Individuals with sleep apnea are more prone to developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, not to mention high blood pressure or heart problems.
While snoring is often the symptom most associated with sleep apnea, it should be noted that not everyone who has a snoring problem has sleep apnea. Nor does it mean that you don’t have sleep apnea if you don’t snore. Symptoms of sleep apnea will vary from patient to patient, but the most common sleep apnea symptoms include the following:
If you or a loved one exhibits the signs of sleep apnea mentioned above, please contact your doctor or dentist for a diagnosis and customized sleep apnea or breathing treatment plan.
Treating sleep apnea can be tackled through surgical and non-surgical approaches depending on the severity of the condition. Non-surgical options to treat sleep apnea typically fall into two categories: CPAP treatment and custom sleep apnea mouth guards. Each has its range of benefits, and it’s up to you and your dentist to decide which is best for you. At All Smiles Northwest, our team will happily provide you with an evaluation to determine the best way to achieve peaceful apnea-free sleep. There isn’t a cure for sleep apnea, as it’s a chronic disorder that usually doesn’t go away. However, seeking sleep apnea treatment helps individuals alleviate the symptoms and achieve better sleep. Some people with sleep apnea reduce their symptoms by achieving a healthy weight and practicing yoga.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It includes a small machine to supply constant, steady air pressure, a hose, and a mask or nosepiece. CPAP is considered a sound treatment option for more intense cases of sleep apnea. Many patients are reluctant to try the relatively cumbersome CPAP machines, especially if they travel frequently or have other convenience issues with the device. However, if you’re looking for a proven non-surgical approach to sleep apnea in Everett, WA, custom-made mouthguards are an attractive alternative. Made by dental professionals like the All Smiles Northwest team, sleep apnea mouth guards sit comfortably across both rows of your teeth to help open your airways while you sleep, thus reducing blockage. If worn regularly, sleep apnea mouth guards have been shown to reduce or even stop snoring altogether for many patients. They’re also considerably cheaper than surgical options and CPAP machines!
Sleep apnea mouth guards are usually more affordable than surgical procedures or CPAP machines. Here at All Smiles Northwest, our dental experts will outfit you with a custom sleep apnea mouth guard to help you get the sleep you (and your loved ones) deserve. Our office recommends SomnoDent oral appliances because they enable our patients to fully open and close their mouths, whether yawning, drinking, taking oral medications, or speaking. Even if you have missing teeth, crowns, bridgework, or wear a full upper denture, you’ll still be able to wear a custom-made oral appliance comfortably. Benefits of using our SomnoDent oral appliances for your sleep apnea treatment include:
No matter what sleep apnea treatment you choose, addressing your sleep apnea is something you can’t afford to snooze on for too long. You and those around you need a full night’s sleep to stay happy and healthy. Give our dental professionals at All Smiles Northwest a call today at (425) 252-9333 to set up an evaluation and start getting refreshing sleep tonight!
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