Snoring affects millions of people of all ages, and its severity can range from occasional and mild to frequent and severe, depending on several factors. In some cases, however, snoring is more than just snoring. The noise can also be a clear indication of a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If your snoring indicates OSA, then you may be suffering from more than just an annoying habit. Sleep apnea, which describes the cessation of breathing while you sleep, can deprive you of the deep, restful sleep that you need by constantly interrupting your sleep cycle. To treat sleep apnea and help you stop snoring, your dentist may be able to suggest a custom-made oral appliance that helps keep your airway clear while you sleep.
A More Comfortable Alternative to CPAP
When patients are diagnosed with sleep apnea, they may be prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and mask to facilitate better sleep breathing. For many patients, however, CPAP can be too cumbersome to allow for restful sleep. Fortunately, our experts can often custom-design a smaller, more comfortable oral appliance as an alternative to CPAP. Rather than providing a continuous flow of air, the appliance is designed to support the lower jaw in such a way as to keep the airway comfortably open and clear. If you have sleep apnea, then a custom appliance can help you finally rest peacefully without the inconvenience of a CPAP machine.
Learn More About Snoring/Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring can be a highly disruptive nuisance for both you and your sleeping partner, especially if it indicates obstructive sleep apnea. To find out if snoring or sleep apnea treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment with our experts by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.