Sleeping well is essential to maintaining overall health. Many people do not get enough sleep due to sleep-related breathing disorders which lead to the reduction of air flow. This happens when the soft tissues near the back of the throat collapse during sleep. This can partially close the windpipe and cause the tissues to vibrate as air passes through leading to snoring. Chronic loud snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a disorder caused by blockage of the upper airway, resulting in reduced airflow.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition and can lead to heart issues and other health problems. Some of the symptoms include:
- Excessive tiredness
- Poor memory
- Night sweats
- Elevated blood pressure
Sleep apnea or snoring can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance that is designed to keep the lower jaw in a forward direction during sleep. When the jaw is repositioned in this manner, it decreases the potential for obstruction of the airway. At Smile Matters Inc., we can provide a high-quality, custom-made, comfortable oral appliance to be worn during sleep to help manage your sleep apnea.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, you can give us a call at (206) 201-0656 to schedule an appointment. Our practice is located at 509 Olive Way, Suite 1033, Seattle, WA 98101.