No matter your age, consistent, restful sleep is an absolute must to be healthy, happy, and live a full life. However, there are number of common factors that can interfere with your sleep cycle and prevent you from getting the rest you need. Two of the most common offenders? Snoring and sleep apnea.
Snoring hurts everyone. If you or a loved one snore, it’s a sign that your breathing is being obstructed, which can prevent you from getting the highest-quality sleep possible. Plus, if you have a bed partner or family who sleep near you, it can interfere with their sleep as well. Pretty soon, you have a whole house who is sleep deprived, which is not only annoying, but dangerous! People who are regular sleep deprived are actually three times as likely to get into a car accident!
Snoring happens when the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relax when you sleep and collapse into your airway. As air passes, it vibrates these tissues and creates the “iconic” snoring sound. For some people, these tissues can actually completely block the airway, causing someone to stop breathing. This is called sleep apnea, and it affects nearly 20 million Americans each night. When a person has sleep apnea, they temporarily stop breathing for short periods throughout the night. This not only prevents them for getting the deep sleep they need, but it can also raise their blood pressure to a dangerous level.
Fortunately, Stonebriar Smile Design can treat both of these conditions using a custom-made oral appliance. This is like a small mouthguard, and you’ll only need to wear it when you go to bed at night. It will slightly shift your jaw forward so that your airway stays open, allowing you (and everyone else) to finally get the sleep they need. We will assess your entire airway space before we get started and be sure the success of your sleep apnea therapy is the best it can be.
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