Sleep apnea is a serious disorder which causes pauses in breathing while you sleep. It is often recognized by a sudden, loud snore. At Creating Smiles, we offer oral appliances to treat your sleep apnea and give you the rest you need.
Sleep apnea is most common in men, but it can affect anyone of any age or gender. The condition is characterized by an abnormally loud snoring sound and an inability to feel rested, even after a full night's sleep. This sleeping disorder is caused by relaxation of the muscles in the throat. This partially closes the windpipe and causes the tissues to vibrate as air passes through them, making a loud snoring sound.
The pauses in breathing associated with sleep apnea range from a few seconds to potentially longer. Your body may then slightly wake itself up to reposition or activate the throat muscles. This prevents you from reaching a deep level of sleep even if you don’t realize how many times you’ve woken up during the night.
At Creating Smiles, we offer oral appliances to combat sleep apnea. Our oral appliances are worn through the night while you sleep, and are comfortable enough to allow you to breathe normally. They will help position your jaw in a way that promotes an open airway and prevents those dangerous pauses in breathing.
Don’t let your sleep apnea get in the way of a good night's sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, please call our Lutz dental office. You can reach us at (813) 278-6979 to schedule your appointment.