If you've tried other tips and tricks to get you to sleep, such as melatonin or meditation before bed, and nothing has worked, it may be time to see your prosthodontist.
Obstructive Sleep ApneaObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a breathing disorder that occurs while you sleep. Due to tissue at the back of your throat, and the way your jaw sits while you sleep, your airway becomes obstructed.
Limited oxygen causes you to stop breathing momentarily, and you often wake through the night, even if you don't recall doing so, leaving you tired the next morning. OSA can lead to heart related problems and stroke.
What Causes OSA?OSA can be caused by several different factors. Common causes include:
OSA often leads to snoring, as the tissues at the back of your throat vibrate during normal breathing. Usually, snoring can be solved by weight loss, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol and treating allergies. If a medical condition is causing snoring, you should seek treatment.
Dental AppliancesSometimes, a dental appliance is all you need to help you to stop snoring. These devices, which are similar in appearance to a sports mouth guard, work by repositioning the jaw and tongue, helping to keep tissue forward and away from the entrance of the throat. This keeps your airway clear, allowing you to breathe properly as you sleep and wake refreshed.
If nothing you have tried has helped your sleeping problems, contact our office today. With a minor adjustment in the position of your jaw, you could finally get that good night's rest you've been dreaming of.