Sleep is one of the most important things we do to maintain our physical and mental health, but, unfortunately, many of us are poor at it. We stay up too late, because the demands of modern life just don’t seem to give us enough time to set aside for rest. With the limited amount of time we have for sleep, it’s important that we get quality sleep, but we also expose ourselves to sleep-interfering influences like TV, smartphones, and even LED clocks at night.
Unfortunately, even going to bed on time and cutting out all the distractions and disturbances won’t help many of us get a good night’s rest. That’s because many of us suffer from sleep problems related to a poorly configured airway. Snoring is the most noticeable problem related to airway problems, but a more serious problem is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is related to snoring and often accompanies it, but other than poor sleep you might not notice the symptoms.
Sleep dentistry offers solutions to these problems that may be more acceptable to many people with snoring and sleep apnea than the ones prescribed by your doctor. Not everyone can benefit from these solutions, but for those that can, it can literally be a lifesaver.
Snoring and Sleep Dentistry
Snoring is more than a nightly nuisance: it’s a sign that you’re having difficulty breathing at night. This can make your sleep less restorative, putting you at a disadvantage during the day. Because snoring also disturbs your partner’s sleep, the effect of snoring is significantly more fights, which don’t resolve because you’re both tired and irrational. Snoring can lead to serious domestic violence. Snoring also directly impacts your health, and can lead to an increased stroke risk. That risk can be even more serious if it turns out snoring is related to sleep apnea.
If you’re looking for an effective snoring solution, we can either provide you with a medically proven solution that is appropriate for you, or refer you to the right solution.
Sleep apnea is when your breathing actually stops at night. Usually, this is because your airway closes when you’re sleeping. You’re not aware that your breathing stops, even though you have to wake up a little to resume breathing and it can happen 20 or 30 times an hour or more! You may only be aware that you’re not getting enough rest.
Your body and mind suffer serious consequences from your nightly losses of breath. You can suffer cognitive and emotional problems. Your heart and blood vessels may be damaged, and your body’s chemical regulators can be disrupted, causing weight gain and diabetes.
There are many potential treatments that can be used for sleep apnea. A sleep dentist offers treatments that are different from and may be better for you than the ones your doctor offers.
If you want to learn more about snoring and sleep apnea solutions, please call 201-546-8512 or email the River Edge Dental Center for TMJ, Sleep Apnea, & Reconstructive Dentistry today for an appointment.