Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
Sleep is a crucial part of a healthy life. When something disrupts a good night’s sleep—like snoring, sleep apnea, or issues with pain—your daily life (and your partner’s everyday life) can be severely impacted. In the pursuit of optimal sleep, many people don’t realize that their nights can be improved with a reworking and strengthening of your airway.
Sleep and the Airway: A Quick Primer
Good sleep depends on an open airway. Your airway is made up of twenty muscles, which relax as we age, making you more likely to experience issues with sleep apnea and snoring. To solve this issue, we aim to remodel the airway and reposition your mouth and jaw as well as improve nasal breathing. Breathing through the nose leads to a natural, healthy, and complete sleep cycle. We want to turn mouth breathers into nasal breathers—and sleepless nights into a restful sleep.
It takes specialists like us who understand the inner workings of the mouth and airway to help guide you on your path to better sleep.
Options to Get a Great Night’s Rest
When you come to us, first we’ll ask you to fill out a questionnaire about your sleep habits. From there, our team will evaluate your health and determine if your issues stem from sleep. Treating your symptoms means we have to diagnose the root of the problem. To do this, we’ll send you directly to a sleep specialist and then combine this diagnosis with our analysis to come up with a personalized game plan.
For patients with sleep apnea, the answer is often a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP is a great device, but results can often be improved with additional applications. In situations where you become claustrophobic or intolerant of a mask, oral mouthpieces are a good option. We work with premium labs to create the most comfortable, customized oral appliances designed to position your jaw and tongue, open your airway, and give you a satisfying night’s sleep.
If you’re looking for better sleep, or if you want more personalized sleep solutions, reach out today for a consultation.
Even if it doesn't wake you up, loud snoring can make sleeping difficult for your partner. This may create unnecessary stress in your relationship, causing you and your partner to sleep in separate rooms or commit to feeling tired on a regular basis.
Who Is Likely to Develop Sleep Apnea?
Anyone can develop sleep apnea – even children. Some factors increase the likelihood of developing sleep apnea:
- Being overweight
- Having a thick neck circumference
- Being over 40 years old
- Being male
- Using alcohol or drugs
- Taking certain medications
This blockage can reduce the amount of oxygen you receive during sleep. It can also cause choking that wakes you multiple times per night, disrupting your restorative sleep cycles and affecting your overall health.
Sleep apnea is linked to several serious conditions:
- Complications of diabetes
- Mood disorders
- Daytime sleepiness
- Increased risk of vehicle accidents
- Erectile dysfunction
- Early death
To prevent these health complications, treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is necessary.
At the dental office of Victor D. Woodlief, DMD, we can help you get answers that will allow you to achieve better quality sleep.
Do You Want a Good Night’s Sleep?
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Woodlief to determine which therapy is right for you.