Dental Sleep Medicine
Loud snoring can be a sign that something is seriously wrong with your breathing during sleep. Snoring indicates that the breathing passage in your throat is not fully open and the distinctive sound of snoring comes from trying to force air through this narrowed area.
An estimated 10-30% of adults snore. In most, snoring has no serious medical consequences. For about 5 in 100 people, however, loud nightly snoring is an important sign of a serious disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder.
It can have a severe effect on your health and lifestyle. Loud, frequent snoring is one of the most common signs of this problem. OSA often causes excessive daytime sleepiness. This can harm both your performance at work and your quality of life. Research shows that OSA also can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.
Oral appliances looking much like sports mouth guards keep the airway open by holding the tongue or jaw forward. This increases the airway space behind the tongue. They can be effective for people who have mild to moderate OSA.
Dr. Hal Rosenthaler, who is trained in dental sleep medicine, can custom fit an oral appliance. This will give you the best results. Jaw advancement devices are made to fit the top and bottom teeth in a way that pulls the lower jaw slightly forward.
Please contact us today and schedule an appointment.