Snoring Therapy in Arlington, VA
A great night’s sleep is so vital for our health and wellbeing. It reduces stress, gives us energy, and keeps our minds healthy for all the challenges life can throw. However, the lack of sleep caused by snoring or sleep-related breathing disorders (SBRDs) can reverse any positive effects sleep provides. We at Fidel Dental Group, your Arlington, VA affordable dentist, and dental team, are here to tell you more about these sleeping disorders and snoring therapy.
Sleep-related Breathing Disorders (SBRD)
SRBDs are characterized by interrupted or reduced respiratory airflow. As someone sleeps, the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses during sleep which obstructs airflow through the windpipe. A strong symptom of this is snoring, which is when this soft tissue–which includes the tongue–vibrates as air passes across them. Snoring can be normal for many people, but some snoring can be reversible. When someone sleeps on their back, the lower jaw can shift down, forcing the tongue to push down on the soft tissue that can cause snoring.
Snoring can cause many problems. The most obvious one is making enough noise to keep people around the sleeper awake or cause them to wake up. However the same is true for the snoring sleeper; as snoring is caused by obstruction to the lungs, the sleeper might not receive enough air. This condition is called “sleep apnea” and can be remedied with a dental application.
If someone has sleep apnea, they may wake up 50 times or more during an hour–about once every minute–and have no recollection of this. These are called “micro-arousals” and they can last a long time until the sleeper shifts position or the soft tissue in the throat tenses and snoring stops. While not evidence of lack of sleep, these micro-arousals can cause a person to feel tired when wakeing as if they haven’t slept at all.
Signs Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is apparent if someone snores and suffers from any of the following:
- Daytime Sleepiness
- High Blood Pressure
- Morning Headaches
- Night Sweats
- Poor Memory
How We Can Help
Fidel Dental Group can help those suffering from SRBDs and sleep apnea with oral appliances. These oral fixtures, technically called “appliances” can help treat sleep apnea and improve someone’s overall sleep. What they do is affix someone’s lower jaw in alignment with the top jaw, stopping the jaw from sliding back to obstruct the airway. These oral appliances are easy to affix into the mouth and stay put during sleep. It’s an effective way to remedy sleep apnea while being more simple than complicated breathing devices or, in some cases, invasive surgery.
We at Fidel Dental Group can fabricate and adjust these oral appliances which can treat complications associated with sleep apnea. If you or a loved one are suffering from the above symptoms of sleep apnea, please help us correct your sleep by visiting Fidel Dental Group, your Arlington, VA and Washington DC affordable dentist.