Snoring and Sleep Apnea
A common sleeping disorder that many adult patients suffer with is snoring. Though snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea, it could be a symptom. Snoring is the vibration of your respiratory tissues due to an obstructed air movement while sleeping. Sleep Apnea, on the other hand, is the lack of respiratory passage, due to blockage. There will be patients who do not snore, but still suffer from sleep apnea. It is important to learn the signs and then seek treatment. At Woodland Family Dental, Dr. S. Welton and Dr. D. Welton can help with the steps necessary to breathing easier and getting the rest that you need while you sleep.
Symptoms that may indicate Sleep Apnea
There are some physical symptoms that may be trying to tell you that you suffer from sleep apnea. We ask that patients be aware of the following:
What can I do?
There are various steps a patient can take to assist in better airflow while sleeping. Some steps are non-surgical and some are surgical. We will always recommend taking the easiest course of action first, which can be better determined after evaluation.
Non-Surgical Treatment: Following your evaluation at, Woodland Family Dental, we can offer a few options including the creation of a customized dental appliance. This device can assist in proper airflow by moving the lower jaw into a more forward position, also pulling the tongue more forward, and allowing for more space for air to flow. This device should be created under the direction of either Dr. S. Welton or Dr. D. Welton for optimum comfort and fit. Research through the ADA shows that dental appliances are a proven and effective treatment option to improve breathing while sleeping, combating sleep apnea. This dental appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep, not during the day, and it fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.
For more information on snoring, or sleep apnea and how you can combat it, contact our dentists, Sunnshine M. Welton DDS and David G. Welton DDS, at our Post Falls, ID 83854 office by contacting our front office at: (208) 254-4600
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1100 E Polston Avenue
Post Falls, ID 83854-6045
Phone: (208) 254-4600
Fax: (206) 777-1627