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When you awake in the morning do you still feel exhausted? Are you irritable during the day, unable to think or focus clearly? Is your loud snoring bothering your bed partner?
If you answered affirmatively to any of these questions, you may have sleep apnea. This happens when an obstruction (usually the tongue) blocks the airway during sleep, preventing you from breathing. Your brain notices the drop in oxygen and wakes you to re-open the airway. The arousal lasts only a few seconds, and you may not even notice. But because it can happen many times a night, these waking episodes can rob you of the deep sleep your body needs.
Sleep apnea is more serious than simply waking up grumpy. Over time, it could contribute to dangerous health conditions like high blood pressure or heart disease. If you’re noticing any of these signs, it’s important then that you undergo a complete examination by a physician or dentist trained in sleep-related issues.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce sleep apnea. One of the most common is continuous airway pressure (CPAP): This method uses a small pump that pushes pressurized air through a face mask worn while the patient sleeps. The forced air keeps the airway open and reduces apnea episodes.
While it’s an effective method, it can be uncomfortable and cumbersome to use—some people can’t tolerate wearing the mask while they sleep. But if your sleep apnea symptoms are mild to moderate, your dentist may be able to provide an alternative therapy with a specially designed oral appliance.
Similar to a mouthguard or retainer, a sleep apnea appliance worn during sleep holds the lower jaw forward, which helps move the tongue away from the airway. It’s much less cumbersome (and noisy) than a CPAP machine. And your dentist can custom design and fabricate your appliance for a comfortable fit.
Not all cases of sleep apnea can benefit from such an appliance, or even from CPAP therapy. Extreme cases could require surgery to remove tissues blocking the airway. But most sleep apnea patients don’t require this invasive intervention. Getting checked by a qualified medical professional could open the door to a more convenient and effective way to a better night’s sleep.
Nearly everyone snores on occasion, but when snoring happens frequently, it can be warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is fairly common, one in five adults have at least mild sleep apnea.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, during sleep these people have obstructed airways from excess tissue, large tonsils or a large tongue. Even airway muscles, which normally relax and collapse are contributing to these blocked airways. Unfortunately, because of this we hear ourselves or our partner snore in the middle of the night.
Snoring may make millions feel helpless at times and even disrupt healthy relationships. However, there are mild lifestyle changes that can help prevent snoring. Try these natural solutions to help you or your loved stop snoring and sleep comfortably:
Change Sleep Position
Since lying on your back makes the base of the tongue collapse to the back wall of the throat this may be the culprit of vibrations and sounds during sleep. Sleeping on your side is usually effective in clearing the airways. To get adjusted to the new sleep position you may want to invest in a full-length body pillow to prevent you from rolling over.
If you have a versatile bed that permits reclining positions then set your bed to a position that supports your head to stay up and extended. This allows you to continue lying on your back during sleep and keeps nasal airways open throughout the night.
Altering Diet Habits and Losing Weight
When it comes to sleep apnea there are many underlying causes that prompt snoring, such as diet and weight. Those who are overweight may possess a little more fatty tissue around the neck which squeezes the internal diameter of the throat, and triggers snoring. Losing weight may be just what you need to stop snoring, but there are thin people who snore too so in some instances it may not make sense to lose weight.
Your diet habits also play a key role in sleep apnea. The following is a list of habits that can help prevent from snoring:
- Avoid heavy meals before bed
- Consume honey and olive oil to reduce throat swelling
- Eat more fish than red meat
- Drink tea to relieve congestion
- Avoid dairy products before bed
Avoid Sedatives and Alcohol
wo other major causes of snoring are sedatives and alcohol. These reduce the resting tone of muscles in the throat which makes you more likely to snore. Even certain medications can cause a deeper level of sleep which will make snoring worse.
At Artiste Dentistry office we are trained in the latest sleep therapies and can help treat your snoring conditions. Call now and schedule your consultation.
- Do you suffer from snoring, chocking or gasping during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue?
- Do you experience morning headaches, dry throat upon wakening, acid reflux and irritability?
- Do you suffer from unexplained weight gain, sore muscles (fibromyalgia) and sore joints?
If your answer is yes to some or all of the above symptoms, then you are suffering from Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea is crescendo & decrescendo pattern of snoring that leads to cessation of breathing (usually 10 seconds). This cycle can repeat itself several times an hour.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea causes neuropsychiatric problems due to significant sleep deprivation such as depression and cognitive changes. A new study published in JAMA Neurology has also found a possible association between poor sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is also associated with cardiovascular problems such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation (AFib), congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart attack and cerebrovascular diseases such as strokes, and Type II Diabetes.A study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism also reports a link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Gestational Diabetes.
For years CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, that forces air into lungs, has been the gold standard for treatment of sleep apnea. CPAP has low patient compliance (55%) due to confining patients, large size of device leading to social issues and embarrassment. Some patients simply may not tolerate the device. It also dries the nasal passages, and device has to be constantly cleaned daily.
Another treatment option has been the very invasive and painful surgical option (UPPP-Uvulopalatalpharyngoplasty) which may not lead to optimal results and has low success rate.
The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) is a simple, patient-friendly treatment solution for snoring and sleep apnea. The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. It maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
The unique design allows the patient to fine-tune his/her treatment at home and work with the clinician to achieve the best results. Patients are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal treatment position.
The TAP has over a 95% success rate. It is the key to a snore-free, restful night of sleep. The TAP also treats sleep apnea without the need for surgery, a mask, or medication.
Why Patients like the TAP
- Comfortable, custom fit
- Durable construction
- Easy to use
- Adjustable while in the mouth
- Patient can adjust at home and achieve maximum treatment results night to night
- Smaller and less bulky than other oral appliances
- Convenient for travel
- No masks or straps involved
Call our office for a simple evaluation for TAP and experience a snore-free, restful night of sleep again!