Sleep Apnea Therapy – Sebastian, FL
Rest Easy with Oral Appliances for Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Needless to say, snoring can be very annoying, especially if your bed partner does it every night. Not only can this mess with everyone’s quality of sleep, but it may also be a symptom of a much more serious problem—sleep apnea. At Sebastian Dental, our dentists can provide patients with custom-made mouthguards to wear to bed that open up the airway, stopping snoring at the source. This cannot only make a big difference for someone’s sleep, but their overall health as well! If you’re tired of being tired and are ready to do something about it, be sure to contact our team today to discuss snoring and sleep apnea therapy in Sebastian, FL.
Why Choose Sebastian Dental for Sleep Apnea Therapy?
- Able to Stop Minor, Mild, & Severe Snoring
- Appliances Custom-Made for Every Patient
- Gentle & Effective Treatment for Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea?
While you may have heard the term “sleep apnea” before, you might not know what it actually is. Unlike conditions such as insomnia, many sleep apnea suffers can miss out on their rest and not even realize it until they wake up in the morning feeling like they haven’t slept. There are 3 types of sleep apnea, and figuring out which one is affecting you or a loved one is key to finding the right treatment.
Snoring can occur for many reasons—seasonal allergies, a deviated septum, large tonsils or adenoids restricting the airway . . . the list goes on. Basically, snoring is the result of air rushing past the tissues of the throat and causing them to vibrate, creating that iconic sound we all know. Sometimes, these tissues can even fully block the flow of air, leading to sleep apnea. Fortunately, there is a solution to this common problem, and it doesn’t involve medication or invasive surgery.
Snoring Oral Appliances
For a patient who wants to stop snoring, we can give them a specially designed oral appliance that slightly shifts their lower jaw forward. This naturally keeps the airway open and prevents the tissues from obstructing someone’s breathing. The end result is a quiet, restful night for both the patient as well as their partner and family!
The Silent Nite® snoreguard is a small plastic appliance that is comfortable to wear and trusted by dentists/sleep physicians around the country to help patients dealing with chronic snoring. It is always fitted for each unique patient, and its size allows a patient to speak and drink normally while getting ready for bed.
Sleep Apnea FAQs
Even though sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, you might not have heard much about it by the time you start experiencing it for yourself. To help you fully understand the disorder and what needs to be done in order to successfully treat it, we encourage you to ask us anything that’s on your mind during your first consultation. To help you get started, we’ve answered some of the questions we’ve heard most often down below.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder where you frequently stop breathing while you’re asleep, forcing the brain to wake your body up. The most common cause is a physical obstruction of the airway, which might happen if the throat muscles become too relaxed and collapse, stopping the air from entering the lungs. Obesity and sleeping on your back can put you at risk for this type of sleep apnea; it might also be a side effect of drinking alcohol before bed. On rare occasions, the disorder is caused by the brain failing to send the proper signals to the muscles responsible for controlling breathing.
How Will I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
You can’t know for sure whether you’re suffering from sleep-disordered breathing until a sleep test has been performed, but there are a few warning signs that can let you know something is wrong. Your partner might notice that you snore loudly or frequently make gasping or choking sounds in your sleep. You might find yourself feeling unusually drowsy or constantly fatigued during the day. People with sleep apnea also often find it difficult to concentrate and may suffer from mood swings and depression. These symptoms all have multiple causes, which is why a sleep test is necessary.
What Happens if Sleep Apnea isn’t Treated?
If you’re not getting enough quality rest due to a sleep disorder, you’ll suffer from low energy during the day, which can affect your productivity at work. More seriously, constant exhaustion can cause you to fall asleep while driving, making it more likely that you’ll have an accident on the road. Also, the strain that the lack of oxygen puts on your body can lead to hypertension, and you might eventually experience a heart attack, a stroke, or another potentially deadly health problem. Sleep apnea has also been shown to worsen diabetes by impairing the body’s ability to regulate insulin.
Can I Treat Sleep Apnea at Home?
In addition to providing you with an oral appliance, we can also suggest other ways to try and relieve your sleep apnea. If your disorder was tied to obesity, losing weight can definitely help. You might also want to look into changing your sleeping position. Resting on your side helps prevent the soft tissues in the back of your mouth from blocking the throat with they relax. For those who tend to drink at night, giving up alcohol for at least four hours before bed time can dramatically improve the quality of your sleep.