A good night’s sleep can do wonders for you and your family. Your snoring however can make that difficult for everyone. It also may be a sign of sleep apnea. Fortunately, you can treat this condition, and we can help.
What is sleep apnea?
This is a sleep disorder in which someone stops breathing when they fall asleep. These breathing stoppings can happen hundreds of times each night in severe cases. Each stoppage causes you to wake up briefly, which prevents you from getting deep, quality sleep. At the same time, the snoring that accompanies this condition can make it hard for the people you love to get healthy sleep, too.
Who can have sleep apnea?
Anyone can have sleep apnea, but there are some risk factors that make people more likely to develop this condition. Having a narrow airway is an issue, and being overweight or having a large neck can make the situation worse. Men over 40 also are more likely to develop sleep apnea, but again, this is not exclusive to any one type of person.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Many times doctors recommend CPAP machines, which can be effective when used correctly. Unfortunately, many people give up on their CPAPs (for a variety of reasons). Another option is getting a special oral appliance, which we can get for you at our Montgomery, AL dental office. This adjusts the position of your lower jaw in a way that keeps your airway open, allowing you to remain asleep and to snore less.