Snoring happens when our airway becomes partially blocked. With the narrowing of the airway, a vibration is created and makes a noise. Often this is a minor issue and can be easily treated with an oral appliance at nighttime. In some cases, snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to many different problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, depression and much more.
For a sleep apnea diagnosis, a sleep study is performed and a consult with an MD is needed. If diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, a treatment option may be an oral appliance. This is used to help maintain an open airway while you sleep by pushing your lower jaw forward allowing easier breathing and better sleep. Sometimes this is not an option and a CPAP must be used.
Dr. Alder and the team at Newport Beach Dental can help guide you in the right direction to get the treatment you need. Mild cases of sleep apnea can sometimes be treated with diet and lifestyle changes. Stay educated and know your options.
If you believe you or a loved one may have a problem with snoring or sleep apnea, give us a call today so that we can help you rest again!
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