Sleep apnea is considered a risk factor for various serious health issues, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
When you think of dentistry, you likely don’t think of snoring or sleep apnea. But both can be successfully treated with an oral appliance designed by a dentist to hold the jaw in place while you sleep and reduce the potential for sleep disturbances.
The doctors at Integrative Dental Solutions understand that the quality of your sleep greatly affects your quality of life. Dr. Shetty is expertly trained to provide the optimal solution for the treatment of sleep disordered breathing and snoring. Dr. Shetty can fabricate a customized oral appliance to help you get a quality night’s rest and better manage your sleep apnea or snoring.
Snoring occurs when the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backwards and your throat narrows. As you breathe, the walls of your throat vibrate, leading to the distinctive sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder you snore. Sometimes the airway becomes so narrow that airflow is blocked completely, creating a serious condition called sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic disorder in which the airway fully or partially collapses during sleep, blocking the flow of air to the lungs, and causing you stop breathing while sleeping. Eventually, the brain discerns you are not breathing and wakes you up, partially or fully, and often with a loud snort or gasp. The sleeper then falls back asleep and the entire process starts all over again – sometimes repeated hundreds of times per night.
Each time airflow is blocked and the body is awakened, the sleeper is jolted out of deep sleep and into a lighter sleep, disrupting the body’s natural sleep cycles. The body is unable to spend enough time in deep sleep or REM sleep, which is when it performs many essential healing and reparative functions. The sleep apnea sufferer usually wakes up feeling groggy and unrested, despite thinking they’ve slept all night.