Sleep Apnea/Snoring Treatment
Do you know what happens when we snore? First of all, it happens to a very large part of the population; it is such a common thing that most people are very familiar with snoring or know someone that does.
Snoring happens in our sleep, and it is just the sound that is made through breathing in our airways. Most people think that it is caused by nasal sounds. However, that is not the case, it happens behind the tongue at the back of our airways, the sound is made from our pharynx becoming constricted while we sleep. The back of the throat has soft tissue, which relaxes when we are in deep sleep. When the tissue vibrates, it causes the snoring sound.
Sleep apnea, on the other hand, can make you experience symptoms such as pauses in breathing while you are asleep, or loud gasps that sound like you are trying to get some air. This can be quite serious and needs to be looked at by your dentist.
Our dentists at St. Helena Dental Group can help you treat snoring and sleep apnea with the use of a special custom made mouth guard. Although you can get different appliances over the counter, they can become a bit uncomfortable to wear as they are not custom made.
Here at St. Helena Dental Group, our dentist will create an impression of your teeth to create the mouthpiece. Once the mold is created, the mouth piece can now be designed to fit your mouth nicely. The mouth pieces are made out of soft material that will stabilize the tongue, adjust the lower mandible to go forward relative to the upper jaw. This allows the airways to open up make breathing easier and decrease snoring.
If you suffer from sleep apnea or snoring, or want to know more about how these treatments work call us today at (707) 240-8099 or visit our practice at 2845 Main St. #102, St. Helena, CA 94574.