Sleep apnea and snoring are two of the biggest disorders that dentistry can help to alleviate. Dentists who practice sleep dentistry often utilize custom-fit oral appliances that help combat these sleep disorders.
Sleep apnea is becoming a very common sleep disorder as it is currently ranked as the second most popular sleep disorder next to Insomnia. According to https://www.sleepapnea.org/ an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where breathing actually stops while you’re sleeping and then starts again. This happens repeatedly throughout the night and may go completely unnoticed. Many people are unaware of their sleep apnea which is why you should discuss any potential symptoms with your dentist.
If you or your partner notice any of the following symptoms you should consider bringing them up in your next dentist visit:
- Snoring - especially loud snoring
- Daytime sleepiness even after a full night's rest
- Periods of stopped breathing while sleeping
- Headaches upon waking up
- Failing to concentrate during the day
- Sore throat upon waking up
- Dry mouth upon waking up
- Waking up abruptly via gasping or choking
The best form of treatment for your sleep apnea will likely be a custom-fit oral appliance that helps reposition your jaw or tongue while you sleep. There are low-cost versions of these available over the counter for purchase but are generally not approved to properly treat sleep apnea. If you are interested in home remedies for sleep apnea we recommend this article on healthline.com. If none of these options work for you or you believe you suffer from severe sleep apnea please contact us and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ngo today!