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How a Dentist May Help You Sleep Better

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How a Dentist May Help You Sleep Better

Have you ever been told that you snore? Or, maybe a partner snores so loudly that your sleep is constantly interrupted. While snoring is quite common, it can sometimes be the result of a larger issue known as obstructive sleep apnea, also called OSA.

The good news? Help with overcoming snoring and mild OSA is easier than you might have thought. And it starts with our practice!

What is OSA?

OSA is commonly associated with snoring and happens when the airway is blocked by the soft tissue in the back of the throat as you sleep. In mild to moderate cases, a person may jolt awake a handful of times each night, or many more.

While men are more likely to experience this condition, it can affect anyone. Most often, those with the following may have a greater risk factor:

  • Family history
  • Over 40 years old
  • Overweight or obese
  • Large tongue or tonsils
  • Deviated septum or sinus problems

What You Can Do

Many people associate OSA with a CPAP machine, which a person wears as they sleep. This machine is designed to force air down your airways to keep it open. While this is an effective treatment, some find the machine uncomfortable to wear and loud.

That’s where your dentist comes in. They can offer patients a custom-fit oral device designed to comfortably move your jaw forward while you sleep. This slight movement helps to keep your airway open, reducing the chance that your airway becomes blocked.

The process is easy, efficient, and effective in mild cases.

Interested in Learning More?

Contact your dentist to discuss how they may be able to help you (and your bed partner) get a better night of sleep.

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