Do you snore loudly? Are you experiencing frequent daytime sleepiness?
You may be suffering from sleep apnea, a breathing problem that occurs during sleep. Whitmore Dental offers a program to test for and treat sleep apnea.
About sleep apnea
More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Snoring is actually a symptom of sleep apnea rather than its cause. A person with sleep apnea repeatedly stops breathing during sleep, sometimes for hundreds of times during a single night.
In obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the condition, the soft tissues in the back of the throat close up during sleep.
Sleep apnea typically sounds like loud snoring, followed by pauses, choking and gasping. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, depression, headaches and many other health issues that affect your quality of life.
Mild to moderate sleep apnea is defined as 5-30 occurrences of breathing difficulties per hour. Whitmore Dental also offers a Take Home Sleep Study that helps to identify sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is often treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, requiring the sleeper to wear a mask and breathe in pressurized air through a tube.
While this type of treatment may be necessary for some individuals, Whitmore Dental offers an alternative.
The SomnoDent® device is a mouthpiece appliance that is similar in look and feel to a mouth guard or retainer. The clear plastic device fits inside your mouth and gently adjusts the alignment of your jaw, preventing breathing problems during sleep as well as snoring.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as a first-line treatment for snoring and mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Among patients using SomnoDent, 91 percent reported improvements in sleep quality, while 15 independent studies have confirmed the device’s benefits for treating sleep apnea and snoring.
Time for a better night’s sleep – and a happier quality of life!
Call Dee Dee or Janet at 972-985-1580 for an appointment.