Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring is a common phenomenon, and while many people find it annoying, those who snore may not realize that it can also threaten their overall health. Snoring is often the result of oral tissues partially blocking the airway, which increases air pressure in your throat and causes the tissues to vibrate loudly. For some patients, snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a serious disorder that causes patients to stop breathing while they sleep. If your snoring indicates OSA, then the noise may be more than just annoying to your sleeping partner, it may also be a warning that you should seek treatment as soon as possible.
Stop Snoring and Relieve Sleep Apnea
Patients with severe OSA may need the assistance of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The machine provides a steady flow of air through a mask worn over the face, preventing the airway from closing. However, many patients can find a more comfortable and convenient solution with a custom-designed oral appliance.
After a careful examination, your dentist can design an appliance that comfortably fits over your teeth and helps keep your lower jaw in a slightly forward position. The appliance can prevent the airway from becoming clogged with oral tissues so you can rest easily and quietly, without the aid of a machine and a mask.
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At Sunny Smiles, our goal is to empower patients to take excellent care of their smiles through our educational approach to dental treatment. Every patient receives personalized, high-quality dental care, along with knowledge about their dental health and how to achieve and maintain their best smile for life. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call the Sunny Smiles office nearest you in El Paso, TX, today! We have offices in the East, Northeast, and Westside of El Paso, and happily welcome patients from all nearby communities, including Chaparral, Canutillo, Vinton, and Sunland Park, New Mexico.