Is it difficult to fall asleep because your loved one is snoring? Are you the snorer? Snoring is one of many symptoms to the life-threatening sleep disorder, sleep apnea.
At Point Family Dentistry, we are here to help to combat your sleep apnea symptoms with dental sleep appliances. Our appliances will treat snoring and moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
What is sleep apnea? The word apnea means “without breath.” The disorder starts when breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep, which happens when the soft throat tissues collapse and block your airway. The frequent blockage leads to choking, gasping, and loud snoring. Other symptoms also include:
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth
- Reduced libido
- Difficulty concentrating
- And much more!
Why is sleep apnea dangerous? If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health risks including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, mood disorders, and even death.
How can we help? One of the common methods is the CPAP, which is a bulky mask you wear at night. However, CPAP is not for everyone. In fact, studies indicate CPAP only helps 60% of the disorder when it needs to be 100%.
At Point Family Dentistry, we work closely with sleep physicians or pulmonologists to customize your own dental oral appliance. We use appliances that call on a physiologic approach. Unlike some inferior appliances, which could lead to TMJ disharmony or major changes to your bite, our dental sleep appliances will not torque your jaw forward or crowd the tongue. Instead, the appliance will gently prevent your throat tissues from collapsing; thus opening the airways and letting you enjoy a peaceful night’s rest.
Start reaping the benefits of a good night’s sleep right away! If you or a loved one are suffering from sleep apnea near Minneapolis, please give us a call today for your personal consultation with our experienced doctors.
Let us know, what do you do when your significant other starts snoring?