Snoring isn't just annoying...it might be a sign of something else.

By Midcoast Family Dentistry | Oct 09, 2012
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There are two reasons to treat snoring and apnea. The first is to improve your quality of life. Apnea and snoring can result in altered sleep patterns; and as we know, sleep is very important to the healing process and our ability to perform normally throughout the day. Snoring, of course, can be a nuisance to a bed partner as well. The second reason is the relationship of apnea to serious medical consequences. Untreated sleep apnea can cause or worsen the following:

High blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease

Risk for heart attack

Risk for stroke

Pulmonary hypertension

Weight gain

Migraine headaches

Morning headaches

Hyperactivity in children

Diabetes

Depression and anxiety

Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is often a viable alternative to CPAP therapy. A specially designed and adjusted customized oral appliance repositions the jaw and tongue during sleep. The oral appliance creates support for the airway that tends to collapse during sleep, stiffens the soft palate, and can be highly effective therapy for snoring and sleep apnea. There are several appliance choices. One of the purposes of the first visit is to decide which is best for you. The oral apppliance has been shown to effectively control snoring in over 90% of patients. Mild and moderate sleep apnea responds extremely well; even many cases of severe apnea have been resolved with oral appliance usage.

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