Snoring can affect the length and quality of your sleep and can be a sign of sleep apnea. If you experience sleep apnea, your airway becomes blocked and you stop breathing, often many times a night. The condition can leave you gasping for breath during sleep, exhausted or sleepy during the day, and struggling to concentrate.
Sleep apnea also can cause health issues such as cardiovascular problems, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, mental impairment, impotence, and acid reflux. Obstructive sleep apnea can worsen and cause serious health issues and death if untreated.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
During sleep, throat and airway muscles relax and can collapse into the airway, stopping air flow into your lungs. To ensure you continue breathing, your body may shift into a lighter stage of sleep to contract these muscles. This cycle may continue hundreds of times a night and leave you not fully rested.
At Bedford Dental Care, we can fit you with an oral appliance that reduces or eliminates snoring and sleep apnea. A custom-fit appliance holds your lower jaw forward during sleep to keep your airway open. As air moves easily through your airway, you can breathe normally without snoring. The easy-to-use appliance helps you get a more restful night’s sleep.
A custom-fit oral appliance can help you:
- Reduce or eliminate sleep apnea and snoring
- Improve the sleep of your bed partner
- Feel more rested and refreshed during the day
- Be more alert during daytime activities
- Improve your concentration
- Feel more energized and motivated
- Experience a drop in high blood pressure
Contact us to learn more about how a repositioning oral appliance can help you sleep and feel better.