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By DENTAL CENTER FOR SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
October 01, 2019
Category: Snoring/Sleep
Tags: snoring  

Nearly everyone snores from time to time. Unfortunately, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, snoring is more than just bigstock-Snoringan occasional issue for 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of women. For these people, their snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, a condition that carries with it serious health consequences. Fortunately, here at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Madison, WI, dentist, Dr. Angela Bauer, not only treats dental health issues, but also offers treatment for snoring. Read on to learn more!

 

What causes snoring?

Snoring can occur due to:

  • Nasal Congestion: Congestion may be an issue if you have a cold, upper respiratory infection, or allergies.
  • Obstructions: Polyps or a deviated septum prevent air from flowing freely through your sinuses and can cause or worsen snoring.
  • Weight: Your airway narrows when excess tissue forms in your throat due to weight gain.
  • Your Palate: Your palate (i.e. the roof of your mouth) may also be a factor in snoring. If the palate is too low or thick, you may be more likely to snore.
  • Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles, narrowing your airway slightly.
  • Your Sleeping Position: You may snore more when you sleep on your back. The position makes it easy for the tongue tends to fall back against the airway, disrupting the normal flow of air.

 

Can snoring be a sign of a serious problem?

Snoring can also happen if you have sleep apnea. The condition occurs when you stop breathing for seconds at a time due to an obstruction in your airway. These breathing pauses deprive your brain of oxygen and may occur hundreds of times throughout the night. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attack and heart failure, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and depression.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include snorting, gasping for air, daytime fatigue, dry mouth, sore throat, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

 

How can my Madison dentist help me if I have sleep apnea?

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines keep your airway open with a constant stream of forced air. Although the machines can be helpful, not everyone can tolerate them.

Fortunately, your dentist offers an effective alternative treatment if you decide that a CPAP machine isn't right for you. Here at our Madison office, we will fit you with a dental device called a mandibular advancement splint. The device is worn over your teeth and keeps your airway clear by holding your jaw and tongue forward.

 

Need care? Give us a call

Don't let snoring affect your health! Call your Madison, WI, dentist, Dr. Angela Bauer, at (608) 423-3615 to schedule an appointment.

By DENTAL CENTER FOR SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
April 26, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: snoring  

The American Academy of Otolaryngology estimates that almost half of Americans snore, and 25 percent do so habitually. If you are a Snoringsnorer, you may think that it can only be stopped with medication or a surgical procedure. However, there is an easy treatment that a dentist at the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI, can provide you. An oral appliance could adjust the positioning of your jaw while you sleep to get rid of disruptive snoring symptoms.

What Causes Snoring?
The sound of snoring is due to vibrations in the back of the throat from soft tissues pulsating against each other as you breathe. While some patients snore so lightly that it isn't much of a bother to anyone, there are others who have significant obstructions in their breathing passageways, a presence which leads to very loud, repetitive, and disruptive sounds. These patients have a condition called sleep apnea, a disorder that causes complete obstructions in the air pathways while sleeping. Occurring intermittently throughout the night, these blockages can prevent you from having a consistent rest cycle, consequently causing feelings of fatigue during the day.

Oral Appliance Treatment
Snoring is a chronic condition that can be corrected with several therapies. Treatment using an oral appliance from our Cambridge, WI, office is one of the most conservative and least invasive solutions available. An oral appliance is a retainer-like device that is worn while sleeping in order to keep the air passageways open and clear for breathing. With an oral appliance, the soft tissues in the back of your mouth will no longer touch and vibrate against each other, thus eliminating the snoring sounds.

Benefits of an Oral Appliance
Some chronic snorers don’t believe that there is an escape from their nighttime symptoms, so they choose to endure it for years. If this sounds like you, consider the benefits of trying an oral appliance. It is a conservatively priced treatment, there’s no need for surgery, and it provides added protection for your teeth (no grinding or clenching). You might even find that wearing an oral appliance will give you more comfort while you’re resting! Just slide it in after brushing at night and nod off, knowing that you won’t be disrupting anyone’s sleep—including your own.

Snore No More
When snoring becomes a disruption to your life and sleeping schedule, it’s time to seek professional help. Call (608) 423-3615 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Bauer at her office in Cambridge, WI!

By DENTAL CENTER FOR SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
February 07, 2018
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: snoring  

Snoring is a problem afflicting many adults in the United States. It interferes with sleep so you feel less rested in the morning, which can snoringadversely affect performance at work, school, or elsewhere. Further, snoring not only impedes your ability to achieve restful sleep, but it can also disrupt the sleep of those around you. Fortunately, there are treatments and tactics for minimizing snoring and improving sleep. At the Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea, Dr. Angela Bauer is your sleep apnea dentist for the treatment of snoring in Cambridge, WI.

Causes of Snoring

Several factors can contribute to snoring. However, the primary cause of snoring is a blocked airway. The muscles and soft tissues in the mouth and throat relax once you fall asleep, which naturally makes your airway smaller. When the tongue relaxes during sleep, it is easily sucked toward the back of the throat as you breathe in and out, which can further block your airway. The additional obstruction of the airway can lead to snoring. The following factors and conditions commonly lead to snoring:

  • Nasal congestion due to a cold or allergies
  • Nasal congestion due to cartilage malformations in the nose
  • Sleeping in a supine body position (face up)
  • Large tonsils blocking the airway
  • Extra flabby tissue at the throat, which blocks the airway
  • A long soft palate or uvula that blocks the airway

Treatments for Snoring

There are several options for treating snoring in Cambridge. For instance, over-the-counter products, such as nasal strips, can be helpful for mild cases of snoring, while nasal surgery can be more beneficial for more extreme cases. Whether your snoring is mild, occurs only occasionally, or is persistent and severe, one of the most effective treatment methods for snoring is an oral appliance.

An oral appliance holds the tongue forward so it cannot be pulled toward the back of the throat as you breathe in and out while sleeping. Holding the tongue in place keeps your airway open, which can minimize or completely eliminate your snoring. Oral appliances are available from a physician or through a sleep apnea dentist, such as Dr. Bauer at the Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea.

If snoring is keeping you from achieving a restful night’s sleep, a dental appliance can help. For treatment of snoring in Cambridge, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bauer by contacting the Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea at (608) 423-3615.

By DENTAL CENTER FOR SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
August 08, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: snoring  

Your snoring isn't just annoying to your sleep partner. It can disrupt normal sleep patterns, resulting in excessive tiredness during the day,snoring and has even been connected to high blood pressure and heart disorders. If you snore, you probably haven't thought of contacting your dentist, but at the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Madison, Wisconsin, snoring is our specialty! Dr. Angela Bauer explains the reasons why people snore and how she can help you overcome it.

What causes snoring?

Sleep is a time of relaxation for the entire body, and this includes the muscles in the throat and the back of the mouth. When these muscles relax, they make the airway smaller. When combined with an underlying condition, such as nasal congestion or enlarged tonsils, the airway is further restricted and the air that passes through it during breathing causes the soft tissues to vibrate. This produces the unmistakable sound of snoring. Although everyone has snored at one time or another, long-term snoring can be indicative of sleep apnea, which is when the muscles in the throat collapse and close off the airway completely many times during sleep. And that's where your Madison sleep apnea dentist comes in!

How is snoring treated?

Your Madison dentist, Dr. Angela Bauer, has been received special training that combines her knowledge of dentistry with the science behind treating sleep apnea. After a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Bauer will create a custom-fitted dental appliance that keeps your airway open by supporting your tongue and jaw in a proper position. Unlike sleep apnea masks and machines, dental appliances are lightweight, portable and won't disturb your sleeping partner with noise.

If you snore, finding out if it's due to sleep apnea can improve your entire life! Contact the Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Madison, Wisconsin today and ask to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Angela Bauer. You - and your sleeping partner - will be very glad you did!

By DENTAL CENTER FOR SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
December 07, 2016
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: snoring  

If your bed partner complains about your snoring habit waking them up at night, you could be suffering from more than just a simple sleep apneastuffy nose. Snoring is one of the main symptoms of sleep apnea, a serious condition which could turn deadly if left untreated. Learn more about snoring and sleep apnea with Dr. Angela Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI.

What is sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops during sleep. This condition has two classifications: obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). Patients who suffer from symptoms of both classifications have what is known as complex sleep apnea. OSA occurs due to an obstruction of the airway. CSA, however, occurs due to an abnormality or disruption in the nerves which send signals to breath from your body to your brain.

Do I have sleep apnea? 
You are at risk for sleep apnea if you are a male of older age, obese, an alcohol or tobacco user, or if you have a family history of sleep apnea. The most tell-tale symptoms of sleep apnea present themselves during sleep, meaning your bed partner is most likely to notice them before you. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • excessive snoring
  • snoring which bothers or wakes up your bed partner
  • pauses in breathing during sleep
  • choking or gasping while asleep
  • waking up with shortness of breath
  • irritability
  • insomnia
  • morning headaches
  • morning dry mouth

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Cambridge, WI 
If you or your bed partner notice the symptoms of sleep apnea, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. There is no single test for sleep apnea though doctors usually request a sleep test to confirm the diagnosis. The leading treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Patients wear the machine’s mask over their nose and mouth during sleep. The machine blows a stream of air into the airway to prevent it from collapsing, eliminating the dangerous symptoms of sleep apnea and giving patients a good night’s rest, decreasing daytime symptoms.

In some cases, lifestyle changes like losing weight or simply sleeping in a different position can help quell the symptoms of sleep apnea. Your dentist may recommend a dental appliance to align the mouth and jaw to open the airway properly. In severe cases, surgery to remove an airway obstruction or realign the jaw may become necessary.

For more information on sleep apnea or snoring, please contact Dr. Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Cambridge, WI. Call (608) 423-3615 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bauer today!