A large number of people are affected by sleep apnea, and they don’t even realize that they are suffering from the problem. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects your breathing cycle as you sleep. The most common symptoms of this disorder are:
- Loud snoring
- Constant fatigue during the day
- Difficulty concentrating when awake
- Not feeling refreshed after a full night’s sleep
The above symptoms are common to some sleeping disorders. Snoring is often a strong indicator of the occurrence of sleep apnea. The reason behind the intermittent pauses in breath while you sleep is that the muscles of the throat, uvula, and tongue relax as you sleep. During a normal sleep cycle, your soft palate and tongue will be maintained and controlled in position by these muscles, but with patients who suffer from sleep apnea, an obstruction is caused in the airway due lack of support. The relaxation of these muscles can block the flow of oxygen, causing snoring to force these muscles back into their proper place. This can occur multiple times throughout the night, preventing patients from sleeping properly.
At Edison Park Smiles, we offer comprehensive treatment for snoring and sleep apnea so that you can get a good night’s sleep and stay healthy, fresh and active during the day. Our team of experts will be more than happy to provide a diagnosis of sleep apnea and assist you with oral appliance therapy for treatment.
Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a special device while sleeping, which works to reposition the tongue, soft palate, lower jaw and uvula, allowing for optimal flow of air and preventing obstruction to the airway. We provide custom sleep apnea and snoring devices that are made to fit your mouth. The appliance is extremely comfortable to wear and patients get accustomed to using it within a week or two of beginning the treatment. Being a non-invasive form of treatment, oral appliance therapy is ideal for treatment mild to moderate cases of snoring and sleep apnea.
For more information, please feel free to contact our office at (773) 482-3206.