Poking fun at your significant other for snoring may be humorous in a social gathering, but it really is no laughing matter. Research shows a direct link between sleep apnea (difficulty breathing at night) and the danger of stroke. Usually affecting overweight, middle-aged men, snoring is sleep apnea marked by the cessation of breathing for up to several seconds.
Snoring is the result of the tongue falling back and blocking the airway during sleep. While struggling for a breath, blood pressure rises and cholesterol that sticks to the arteries can block blood flow to the brain. This may result in a stroke.
Our dentists utilize a dental device called The Silencer which repositions the lower jaw during sleep. The jaw is gently held in a position forward from the normal biting position and acts to pull the tongue forward and out of the airway. The Silencer is fabricated in a process similar to a night guard, requiring two initial appointments to create the appliance and then a follow up appointment for possible adjustment. The silencer is worn only at nighttime.
Sleep apnea and snoring are medical conditions for which dentistry is able to offer effective, non-invasive and reversible treatment. It is important to recognize this condition early and treat it effectively, thereby decreasing the chance of a stroke and greatly improving your quality of sleep!
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View the video below to hear a real patients experience with snoring and sleep apnea treatment at the dentist.