Snore Guards / Sleep Apnea
People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.
Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration.
Did you know that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders?
Although snoring can be harmless, it can also be a sign of sleep apnea which occurs when the tongue falls back into the throat during sleep and blocks the airway. Untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness as well as an increased risk from high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and driving accidents. This life-threatening condition can be treated in the dental office with a custom-fitted oral appliance.
Tired of your CPAP machine? Many of our patients have found Snore Guards to be a wonderful alternative and much less cumbersome. According to the Department of Health, 80 percent of CPAP users questioned preferred the option of an oral appliance to the inconvenience of a CPAP machine for their snoring and sleep apnea.
If you snore, wake gasping for air, or show other signs of a sleep disorder, request an appointment or call our office at Richmond Office Phone Number 804-288-0102.