Do you snore? We all do occasionally, but if you do every single night, then you may be at risk of developing a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. In addition, you could be making your significant other miserable. Fortunately, an oral appliance often helps our Keller, TX, patients sleep easier.
Try Our Quiz on Snoring
- True or False: Snoring could mean poor sleep.
- True or False: Changing your sleep habits could help.
- True or False: An oral appliance ensures easier breathing.
- True or False: Poor sleep could mean long term health issues.
- True. When we snore, that means our breathing has become obstructed. Soft tissues in the back of the mouth and in the throat become too relaxed, collapsing and partially blocking airflow. The patient’s breathing forces air through, vibrating soft tissues. His could also be a warning of sleep apnea, as the same collapse of soft tissues causes airflow to be completely blocked, leading to apneic episodes, which leaves patients exhausted.
- True. You may try resting on your side instead of your back, which helps limit snoring. We also suggest avoiding alcohol before bed, as well as large meals or vigorous exercise. Maintaining a good sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same times, also helps limit the risk of nightly snores.
- True. We often treat the issue with an oral appliance. Similar in appearance to a nightguard, patients wear the the Silent Nite Snore Guard device at night. The appliance moves the jaw forward, preventing the collapse of soft tissues, and addressing nightly snores and apneic episodes.
- True. If you have trouble sleeping, let us know! Over time, lack of sleep contributes to a greater risk of depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. If you have any questions about oral appliance therapy, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?
Don’t live with poor rest and a reduced quality of life, talk to us today. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling the office of Dr. Jeff Jenkins in Keller, TX, today at (682) 593-0993.