Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Options to Help Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Though most people don’t think of snoring or sleep apnea as issues that can potentially be resolved (or at least lessened) by seeing a dental care provider, the reality is that there are a few things dental professionals can do to help with both of these.

One of the primary options involves fitting you for a type of mouth guard or retainer that is worn while you sleep, and research confirms that these oral appliances really work.

The Research on Snoring, Sleep Apnea, and Oral Appliances

For instance, one study found that, in cases of individuals suffering from sleep apnea—a serious sleep disorder that involves experiencing interrupted breathing patterns and, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute can lead to heart attack, diabetes, cancer, and a variety of other medical conditions—approximately two out of three patients experience an improvement in their breathing while wearing an oral appliance at night.

Another piece of research reports that oral appliance therapy can help reduce snoring by as much as 45 percent. This same study also notes that using an oral appliance while you sleep even offers benefits the next day as, after analyzing 854 patients before and after the study, their sleepiness score dropped a total of 3.4 points.

How Oral Appliances Can Help

The way oral appliances work is by placing your jaw in a forward position while you sleep. This helps keep your upper airway open, making it easier for you to maintain a healthy breathing pattern.

Like any retainer or mouth guard used for different purposes, such as to keep you from grinding your teeth at night, these oral appliances are custom fit to your teeth and mouth. This increases your comfort while wearing them and also keeps them in their proper place while you sleep.

Dr. James Sorge – Draper, Utah’s Experienced Dental Sleep Provider

One of the things that sets Dr. James Sorge apart from other dental providers is that, in addition to being a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry, he is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

This membership provides Dr. Sorge access to all of the latest innovations and newest advances within the dental sleep medicine field. Innovations and advances that he is happy to pass along to his Draper, Utah dental patients.

If You Snore or Have Sleep Apnea

If you snore or have sleep apnea—or live with someone who does—contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

You don’t have to spend your days being tired due to a poor night’s sleep or risk the development of some major disease. Instead, let’s get your snoring and sleep apnea under control with the help of a customized oral appliance.

Need Help With Snoring and/or Sleep Apnea?

Here at Oak Hollow Dentistry in Draper, Utah, our professional and expert staff can help you decide, providing you the information you need based on your own individual situation and desired outcome.
Contact us today and, together, we can pick the option that is best for you!

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