Stop Snoring with Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring is the harsh sound some people make when they sleep, caused by vibration of the soft palate. It isn’t dangerous (beyond aggravating your sleep partner) and you are probably aware if you are a snorer. However, many people suffer from a more serious sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea and do not realize it.
What is Sleep Apnea?
With sleep apnea, you stop breathing multiple times during sleep, or your breathing is slowed and inhibited because the airway is partially obstructed. The blockage can be caused by relaxed throat muscles; excessive weight; large uvula, tonsils, or adenoids; nasal congestion; or cysts and tumors. All of this may result in snoring.
Sleep Apnea Health Risks
Like many other sleep disorders, sleep apnea has a grave impact on your overall health. When you stop breathing, your heart stops beating with devastating effects. Sleep apnea worsens high blood pressure, heart disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and a host of other medical conditions. We hope you will take advantage of the treatments we offer for sleep disorders.
Your physician can make a sleep disorder diagnosis of sleep apnea. Conventional sleep disorders sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. However, because the sleep disorders machine is awkward to use, the failure rate is high. Sixty to 70 percent of patients stop using their CPAP machine in the first year, or do not use it regularly. Don’t let snoring or sleep apnea deprive you of sleep and health, visit Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte to get the help you need.
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance
With extensive training in sleep apnea treatment and sleep disorders, and as a member of the American Society of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Chris Bowman has the qualifications and experience to offer another alternative for those with sleep apnea – oral appliance therapy. He works with many physicians in the Charlotte area to ensure that patients get the right treatment and can not only stop snoring but you will start sleeping better.
Custom Oral Appliance
Dr. Bowman will design a custom-fit mouthpiece to hold your lower jaw forward and slightly ajar. This opens your airway so you breathe naturally, allowing your heart to operate normally, and can eradicate snoring. Oral appliance therapy usually eliminates mild to moderate sleep apnea with an excellent success rate. After one year, 80 to 90 percent of sleep disorders patients are still wearing the oral appliance because it is convenient, comfortable, and effective. For patients near Dilworth, a solution to snoring is a short trip away!
Sleep Apnea Treatment In Charlotte
Managing sleep apnea allows a dentist to literally save lives. Studies estimate that untreated sleep apnea decreases life expectancy by about eight years. That’s time you could be spending with your grandkids, friends, and the people you love. Call our team today!