If you have ever woken your family up with loud snoring, you may have a deeper problem. While not all people who snore have sleep apnea, loud and excessive snoring is the number one symptom. This common disorder should not be overlooked, because it can worsen over time and lead to developing several health problems, including oral health-related issues. Dr. Leibowitz and his staff in Astoria, NY, can help identify and address OSA.Read more: More Than A Snoring Problem
Sleep Disorders Can Affect Your Oral Health
Bruxism, snoring, and sleep apnea are all different kinds of disorders that occur while you are trying to get shut-eye. While these may not be immediately life-threatening, they can affect your health over time. Sleep apnea happens when your breathing is interrupted while you try to catch some Zs. This may be indicated through loud snoring, difficulty breathing, and waking up out of breath. Many times, you may not be aware that this is happening unless a family member is woken up by your loud snoring.
Obstructed Airways While You Sleep Can Be Dangerous
Having your airways blocked can cause several problems. Primarily, this can cause difficulty breathing, which is concerning to experience. Due to this affecting your quality of rest, you may also begin to experience fatigue throughout the day, irritability, insomnia, and dry mouth.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause you to develop high blood pressure, heart disease, increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and more. It can be difficult to improve these health problems once they begin, so prevention is key.
A Non-Surgical Solution
In the past, solutions for sleep apnea included a C-PAP machine or surgery. Patients would wear a C-PAP machine as they slept, attached to a breathing mask. This could be uncomfortable and not always reliable if you tossed and turned at night. Surgical options included repairing a deviated septum or removing tissues in the throat or nose. This is a more invasive option for severe cases.
Today, there is a better solution. There is no need for surgery or pesky machines. If you are diagnosed with obstructed sleep apnea, a custom oral appliance can solve this problem. This tool looks like an orthodontic retainer and is worn as you sleep. Your tongue will be kept in place and your lower jaw will be brought forward, allowing for your airways to remain open. This simple, nonsurgical option allows patients to be more comfortable and get better rest.
Sleep Better With An Oral Appliance
Ongoing struggles with obstructive sleep apnea can seriously impact your health and quality of life. To find out how we can help you with this issue, call the practice of Dr. Jeffrey Leibowitz in Astoria, NY at 718-728-8320.