Snoring is the first sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a deadly medical condition defined by periods during the night when the sufferer literally stops breathing for more than ten seconds at a time. Aside from causing a rest-less sleep for both you and your sleep partner, this period of suffocation initiates alarm systems that stress the body leading to a host of problems in organ systems throughout the body.
Sleep apnea affects more than 20 million Americans and can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and daytime sleepiness contributing to increased risk for motor vehicle and workplace accidents. It has been estimated that even mild sleep apnea can decrease life expectancy by 10 years.
Physicians will often recommend a CPAP to manage sleep apnea. Dentistry can offer other options ranging from a mouth piece that holds the lower jaw forward to orthodontic and surgical options that open the airway more permanently. We can help you find the solution that works best for you.