If you snore a lot or are waking up frequently in the night, you might have sleep disordered breathing issues. If that’s the case, you should consider making an appointment with a specialist such as Dr. Angela Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI.
One question many people ask is, “Why is my snoring a problem?” Another is, “Why would I see a dentist for my snoring problem?”
First, snoring may be more than just an unfortunate quirk and nuisance. What happens when you snore is soft tissues in your upper airway such as your palette vibrate every time you breathe, causing the noise referred to as snoring.
Problems can occur if your snoring is caused by disordered breathing issues, such as obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the soft tissues relax so much they block your airway as you breathe. Not only can you wake yourself up snoring but your sleep apnea can cause you to awaken many times in the night because you need to breathe.
The result is a poor night’s sleep, which in addition to causing chronic fatigue, can increase your risk for serious issues such as high blood pressure, arrhythmia and diabetes.
One treatment option you can discuss with a Cambridge dentist, such as Dr. Bauer, is oral appliance therapy. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective, successful, safe method of controlling your disordered breathing issues. How it works is that your dentist will prescribe an appliance, similar to a mouth guard which you wear at night while you sleep. The appliance works by supporting your jaw in a forward position that helps keep your airway open while you sleep.
With more than 100 different FDA approved oral appliances available, your dentist can help you find the best one for your needs.
If you are seeking a qualified dentist in Cambridge, WI who can help you with disordered breathing issues, consider contacting Dr. Bauer at the Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea. For more information call (608) 423-3615 today!