Snoring, Sleep Apnea & TMD
Snoring is caused by narrowing or blocking of the airway. The disruption of airflow causes the soft palate and tissues of the throat to vibrate, and the narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring.
In addition to annoying those around you, snoring can also disrupt your own sleep and more importantly impact your overall health. It can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating or headaches.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
with Physician’s Prescription
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a patient experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The sleep disruption caused by sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of sleep, leaving you tired and irritable.
Mild sleep apnea can often be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, positional therapy or by wearing an oral appliance to help maintain an open airway while you sleep.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Many patients that suffer from either sleep apnea or snoring may be able to find relief using a custom removable oral Appliance which adjusts the position of the lower jaw and tongue during sleep. Our office can create a customized oral appliance for you to wear during sleep in order to maintain an open, unobstructed airway when worn while sleeping. Please be sure to bring your oral appliance in to your appointments to make sure it is fitting properly.
Types of oral appliances we make in the office:
- Snoring Appliance
- Sleep Apnea Appliance (with a Physician’s Prescription)
- Night guard: To protect teeth from damage due to nocturnal bruxism (night time grinding during sleep)
- Therapeutic and diagnostic Bite Splints
- Athletic mouth guard: To be worn during sports to protect the teeth from traumatic injury