You are sleeping, having a wonderful dream. Suddenly, you are jerked awake with a swift kick from your loved one. Your loved one informs you that you are snoring too loudly. Does this situation sound familiar? Maybe you are the one kicking your loved one awake. While snoring starts out as an annoying inconvenience, it can be a symptom of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where you get episodes of abnormal breathing. One common sleep apnea is obstructive, which consists the soft tissues in your throat collapsing while you sleep. This blocks your airways and cuts off the oxygen to your brain, which results in snoring. This disorder can lead to severe health risks including heart disease and even death.
Dr. Rudnick can treat mild cases of sleep apnea with dental oral appliances. These methods are more convenient and less obtrusive than that dreaded CPAP mask. The oral appliance is similar to a retainer and is placed in your mouth while sleeping. It will push your lower jaw forward opening your throat and airway. These appliances are proven to be more effective than CPAP because of its regular use and higher comfort.
Along with discomfort, CPAP mask may also make minor changes to your facial features. Colgate released a study performed by Dr. Hiorko Tsuda where he focused on 46 sleep apnea patients who were under the CPAP therapy. X-rays were taken of all the patients’ facial structures including facial height, jaw placement, and tooth position. It was revealed there were “apparent differences including a reduction in the prominence in both the upper and lower jaws as a result of shifting dental arches and incisor tooth placement.”
Unlike the CPAP mask, our dental oral appliances can treat your sleep apnea symptoms comfortably.
Don’t suffer from snoring or sleep apnea. West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens residents should call Rudnick Dentistry today for an appointment.