Our dentists have snoring and obstructive sleep apnea treatment options for you.
Can snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can be helped by your dentist?
It's certainly possible that your dentist can help with snoring and sleep apnea. First Choice Dental dentists have helped a number of people throughout Madison who suffer from snoring or sleep apnea with custom-fit oral appliances that help shift the position of the jaw and alleviate the issue. People who snore loudly are often the target of bad jokes and middle of the night elbow thrusts; but snoring is no laughing matter. While loud disruptive snoring is at best a social problem that may strain relationships, for many men, women and even children, loud habitual snoring may signal a potentially life threatening disorder: obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
Snoring Is Not Necessarily Sleep Apnea
It is important to distinguish between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many people snore. It's estimated that approximately 30% to 50% of the US population snore at one time or another, some significantly. Everyone has heard stories of men and women whose snoring can be heard rooms away from where they are sleeping.
Snoring of this magnitude can cause several problems, including marital discord, sleep disturbances and waking episodes sometimes caused by one's own snoring. But, snoring does not always equal OSA; sometimes it is only a social inconvenience. Still, even a social inconvenience can require treatment, and there are several options available to chronic snorers.
Some non-medical treatments that may alleviate snoring
- Weight loss — as little as 10 pounds may be enough to make a difference.
- Change of sleeping position — Because you tend to snore more when sleeping on your back, sleeping on your side may be helpful. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and heavy meals — especially within two hours of bedtime.
- Avoid sedatives — which can relax your throat muscles and increase the tendency for airway obstruction related to snoring.
Your dentist has treatment options for you.
Your dentist can help you by fitting you with a removable oral appliance that can in many cases be used effectively to help shift the position of the jaw and alleviate snoring or sleep apnea. See more about this under Treatment.