Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder characterized by constant pauses in one’s breaths while sleeping. It is a life-threatening condition as the disrupted breathing that could last for several seconds to minutes, causes an imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood. Sensing the imbalance, the brain signals the body to wake up and restart the process of breathing.
The tissue at the back of the throat collapses into the airway, leading to obstructive sleep apnea. This causes the tongue to fall backward and tightens blockage, preventing oxygen from entering the lungs. The problem becomes worse when the diaphragm, chest region, and abdomen fight for air. The efforts hence made to obtain oxygen lead to further tightening of the blockage. The patient must wake up from sleep to tense the tongue and remove the soft tissue from the airway. The disorder is linked to a number of heart problems and should be investigated by a dentist at the earliest.
People suffering from sleep apnea stay partially awake while struggling to breathe and often have choking sensations or loud snoring problems. Since they are not completely awake, most people are unaware that they are suffering from a sleeping disorder, causing the problem to remain undiagnosed. Common signs of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness, insomnia, and severe early morning headaches.
Fortunately, dental experts at Cornerstone Dental Associates in Crossroads, TX are equipped with the expertise and technology to treat sleep apnea. We conduct some tests before advising upon a suitable course of treatment. The patient may be asked to avoid certain habits such as alcohol consumption, smoking and the use of tranquilizers.
Traditionally, sleeping masks were used to keep the airways open while they slept. Nowadays, less intrusive options in the form dental devices, which gently tease the lower jaw forward, are available. These devices are gently and easy to wear and are extremely effective in preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage. Surgery that sections the lower jaw and helps to pull the bone holding the tongue slightly forward is a more permanent solution to treat sleep apnea. The surgery has a high success rate and can be performed by a dentist or oral surgeon to perform.
If you suspect yourself or someone you know to be suffering from sleep apnea and snoring disorders, contact Cornerstone Dental Associates at (940) 365-7665 for immediate treatment. Our clinic is located at12000 US Highway 380, Suite 114 Crossroads, TX 76227.