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One moment, you are comfortably snuggled in your bed, fast asleep. The next, you are jolted awake by the sound of your partner snoring. You try to shrug it off, and it seems to fade, when suddenly it returns, louder than before. This cycle repeats, and no matter how hard you try, you cannot get back to sleep.
Millions of people throughout the world suffer from the effects of snoring and OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), and about that same number suffer from the effects of secondhand snoring as innocent by-sleepers. Isn’t it amazing that your dentist has the magic remedy in a simple oral appliance that feels very much like an orthodontic retainer?
Tired During the Day and Quality of Sleep
Sleep deprivation can affect your quality of life and impact day-to-day habits. If you are being woken up due to snoring, you may experience:
- Lack of productivity
- Clumsiness, which may result in injury
- A weaker immune system
- Irritation and difficulty socializing
Snoring is caused when the tongue falls to the back of the mouth, obstructing the airway and reducing the amount of air being pushed through the throat to the lungs. This causes a vibration, which is what you hear as a snore. Severe snoring may be an indicator of a more serious issue called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
A man named John was responsible for a fatal car accident. He personally survived the head-on collision, but the others were not so fortunate. He was emotionally devastated and could not forgive himself for falling asleep at the wheel. But John suffered from undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. His body was starved for sleep. He often fell asleep at work or in meetings. He was unaware of the potentially deadly effects of this condition.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnea usually happens when your airway is blocked during sleep. This can be caused by the jaw falling open and compressing the throat. Typically, people with obstructive sleep apnea startle awake, which restarts proper breathing cycles but causes disrupted sleep patterns.
This lack of proper breathing during sleep can prevent you from receiving the oxygen your body needs to function properly, potentially leading to:
- Constant fatigue
- Headaches and migraines
- Severe sleep deprivation
- High blood pressure
- Stroke or heart attack
- Other conditions
How Can My Dentist Help?
Oral appliances prescribed by our dentist and team can help with obstructive sleep apnea. Similar to retainers, night guards for bruxism and sports mouth guards, these oral appliances are custom tailored to your mouth to help open your airway while you sleep. We may suggest an oral appliance to be used in correlation with other treatments recommended by your primary medical physician.
Dr. Bruce Bosler will work with your physician to determine whether an oral appliance is right for you to put an end to sleep deprivation and improve your quality of life. Call Bosler Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at 707-449-3661 to learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Vacaville, California.