Look no further than your Mesa dentist for relief from chronic snoring
If you have chronic snoring in Mesa, it doesn’t always mean that something is wrong. As more birthdays pass, you may snore due to poor muscle tone. A loved one may snore as the pollen counts go up.
If snoring is relatively light and occurs irregularly, it may be little more than annoying. If snoring is more consistent, it can be a red flag for an underlying health problem like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
You may need to visit the doctor if your snoring is accompanied by:
- Fitful sleep
- Breathing pauses during sleep
- Dry mouth
- Daytime fatigue
- Chronic headaches
- Sore throat
Generally, the hoarse, harsh sound that is a snore arises when air doesn’t move through the airway properly. In addition to allergies, problems with airflow can be due to chronic congestion, sinus infections, a deviated septum, polyps, and other nasal conditions. Thick tissues at the back of the throat and other anatomical features that narrow the opening can also cause chronic snoring.
A treatment for one of the most troubling causes of snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, can be found at New Health Dental. With OSA, the muscles around your throat relax as you sleep. These muscles can partially or completely block your airway.
Dr. Fritz will work with your physician to determine the true nature of your troubling symptoms. With a sleep apnea diagnosis, lifestyle changes may be suggested to attain a more restful sleep as alcohol, sedative use, and other medications can cause tissues to become overly relaxed. Extra weight can cause tissues to become so bulky that they obstruct the upper airway.
The medical team may recommend CPAP therapy, however, many patients fail to comply with this treatment due to discomfort and inconvenience. We offer a comfortable, unobtrusive oral appliance customized to your mouth. Similar to mouth guards designed to protect your teeth during sports and from nighttime grinding, this oral appliance will reposition the jaw so the relaxed tissues don’t block the airway in mild to moderate cases of OSA.
Unlike CPAP, this answer to sleep apnea is well-tolerated, doesn’t require a long adjustment period, and is portable and low-maintenance. As with all treatments, it’s not right for all patients with a sleep apnea diagnosis. If a sleep disorder is suspected, don’t hesitate to get the treatment you need, as apnea is associated with many serious complications, such as elevated blood pressure and heart disease. Call (480) 830-3305 to schedule an appointment, for your oral and overall health.