Having long pauses between your breaths often while you sleep is a disorder that is common in a lot of people. This disorder is called sleep apnea, and we suggest you visit your dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing this. The problem with sleep apnea, if left untreated, is that the pauses can last from several seconds to minutes between breaths – although it can become a serious problem your dentist will examine you and let you know what can work for you.
The most common side effects of sleep apnea is sleepiness during daytime; this is because obstructive sleep apnea causes you to drift from a deeper sleep into a lighter sleep which can mean very little rest. What happens when you have this disorder is that when you try to breathe normally, the airway is blocked which makes the loud snoring sound. Your muscles around your throat and tongue become relaxed and therefore block the airway flow causing you to struggle for air, and therefore the pauses happen.
There are several ways to treat sleep apnea and your dentists here at Calumet Dental can assist you in finding what is the best option for you. The most common treatment for this is with the use of a mouth guard. Just like a mouth guard used in sports, this device will snap the upper and lower arches with the help of metal hinges that will allow your lower jaw to move forward. This movement will allow air to flow without any blockages, which will, in turn, allow you to have a better sleep and reduce the amount of pauses in your breathing.
All mouthpieces used to treat sleep apnea are custom made, and your dentist will first take an impression or mold of your mouth to be able to send to the laboratory to get the piece made. The custom made fit will allow you to wear it comfortably at night and give you a better quality of sleep.
If you or someone you know can benefit from this treatment, call us today at (708) 300-9352 or visit our office on 500 River Oaks Dr, Calumet City, IL 60409 and book your appointment with us!