Do you snore? Do wake up tired? Snoring is no laughing matter and can be a sign of a more serious condition called sleep apnea. Everyone snores occasionally but it's when the snoring affects the quantity or quality of sleep that it can be problematic. Poor sleep can lead to fatigue, depression, difficulty in concentration and long-term cardiac stress.
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles that control the upper airway becomes too narrow and cause breathing difficulties. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the airway becomes completely blocked and causes a person to temporarily stop breathing, which can last for 10 seconds or more at a time. And it can happen several hundred times of night.
At Lilac Family Dental, we offer an effective treatment for snoring using oral appliance therapy. This is an oral device custom fit by our dentists that is designed to keep the airway open and help prevent apnea. Oral appliance therapy has helped hundreds of thousands of people all over the world to enjoy a healthier sleep and a healthier life.
Snoring and sleep apnea can be a serious risk to your health. If you think you might suffer from sleep apnea, talk to us. We can assess you based on the Epworth Sleepiness Test in office and reveal just how snoring has affected you.
Did you know that snoring and sleep apnea are associated with many serious conditions? Sleep apnea can be a contributing factor to heart disease, stroke and even depression.