‘Twas the night before Christmas, and you’d just laid down for your long winter’s nap …
Only you couldn’t sleep because someone was snoring next to you in the sack.
OK, we’ll stay away from poetry to stick to what we do best — helping our patients. Believe it or not, we can help if you — or someone who sleeps near you — has a snoring problem. Loud and constant snoring can be a problem in and of itself. It also can be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder calling obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
At Total Dental Care for Adults in Naples and Fort Myers, FL, we can help you stop snoring and sleep better. Call 239-734-7737 today if you want to get some rest.
Get The Rest That You Need
Deep, healthy sleep has many benefits for your overall health. When you get the quality sleep that you need, you are less likely to get sick, have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight, reduce stress, and improve your mood. Quality sleep also decreases your risk of cardiovascular and heart disease, and when you are rested, you are better able to make good decisions throughout the day.
Sleep apnea can prevent you from getting the kind of rest that you and your body need. When you have this condition, you stop breathing when you fall asleep. As you relax, the soft tissues around your airway can slowly interfere with how you breathe. As the opening narrows, the air pushing through that space vibrates those soft tissues causing the sound of snoring.
That is until your airway is completely blocked and you stop breathing. Your body doesn’t like this. Breathing stoppages cause it to release stress hormones. Your brain also acts to wake you up, although briefly in many cases, so you take a few breaths before you drift off again.
This can happen hundreds of times each night, which may mean you never get beyond the stages of light sleep. Without deep sleep, including REM sleep, you can suffer from sleep deprivation. This can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, and a higher risk of being in an automobile accident.
Treating The Problem
The way to treat sleep apnea and stop snoring is finding a way to continue breathing when you are asleep. One way to do that is by designing a custom-fitted oral appliance for you to wear when you go to bed.
This is somewhat similar to an athletic mouthguard. A big difference is that this appliance is made to shift the position of your lower jaw. Doing this opens up your airway, so you can keep breathing throughout the night.
That means you stay asleep longer, snore less, and wake up feeling rested and refreshed.
Sleep Better To Feel Better
If you are tired of feeling tired, then it’s time to talk to Dr. Hoop about what we could do for you or your loved one. Stop snoring. Sleep easier and deeper.