Snore Prevention in Monument, CO
Snoring is a common affliction often caused by obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a disordered sleep condition in which a person stops breathing while they sleep due to an airway obstruction. The body can typically resume breathing after several seconds, but the event disrupts sleep. As a result, sleep apnea can reduce the restfulness of sleep, leading to daytime sleepiness, irritability, and morning headaches. Sleep apnea may lead to other health problems, including high blood pressure heart problems, and increased risk of diabetes. To get the most out of your sleep (and to let your partner get the most out of their sleep), you might benefit from a sleep study if you snore or experience daytime sleepiness. If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, two treatment options are noninvasive ventilation and dental devices. If you are not diagnosed with sleep apnea but are still interested in snore prevention, the dental devices can help.
You might have heard of CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP machines before. These stand for continuous, bilevel, and automatic positive airway pressure, respectively. These are all noninvasive ventilation machines that are connected to the patient during periods of sleep using a face mask over the patient’s mouth and nose so that the machine can ensure consistent airflow while the patient sleeps. As a result, the patient does not have their rest interrupted by their body fighting to breathe. However, many patients find it difficult to sleep with a face mask on and feel that the bulky ventilation machines and face masks hinder bedtime intimacy.
Another option for both sleep apnea and simple snore prevention is a dental device. The most common dental devices to address sleep apnea and snoring are mandibular advancement devices (MADs) that look similar to mouth guards or retainers, and tongue retaining mouthpieces that are similar to MADs but with a compartment that holds the tongue forward where it cannot block the airway. Both of these reposition the jaw to reduce obstructions that cause snoring and sleep apnea. These dental devices are more portable and more discreet than ventilation devices. Dental devices can also be used in conjunction with ventilation devices for sleep apnea patients who want to reduce the pressure needed from their ventilation machines for therapeutic effect.
If you are concerned about snoring and want to explore prevention options that are tailored to your needs, please contact Baptist Road Dental at 719-445-0490 to schedule an appointment.