Sleep apnea is a condition that many people suffer from. While asleep, all your muscles relax, including the throat and tongue muscles. The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing the airway, thus obstruct your breathing. This obstruction causes you to snore. For individuals with severe sleep apnea, the airway becomes completely blocked, and they can no longer breathe. A good night’s rest becomes a dream beyond reach, as they are often forced to wake up, gasping for air.
Loud snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea. If snoring keeps waking you up at night, you may have obstructive sleep apnea. This condition has been linked to chronic fatigue, reduced resistance to infection, and often depression. Untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and other major health issues.
The good news? There’s an easy fix!
We offer a simple alternative treatment to a CPAP machine or surgery that is sleek and hardly noticeable. At KWC Dental, we are able to fabricate a small, intraoral appliance to be worn while you’re asleep. Prior to having an appliance made, we require that patients get a sleep test that confirms a sleep apnea diagnosis. We then do an oral exam and take impressions. This custom-made appliance can help you finally get that good night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of! To learn more, book a free consultation today!