Snoring is a common problem which deprives you AND your partner of a good night’s sleep. Snoring is more than just an annoyance, it can also be harmful to your health. Of the 90 million Americans who suffer from snoring, half of those may have sleep apnea. Scientific data suggests that people with sleep apnea are twice as likely to have heart disease and fatal heart attacks.
If you snore, you likely have a dry throat when you wake up in the morning. Do you have insomnia, frequent headaches, foggy thinking or drowsiness during the day, and/or shortness of breath when you wake up? If any of this sounds familiar, it would be wise to make an appointment with Dr. Robert Berry of Mountain Aire Dentistry in Broomfield, Colorado. He is a skilled general and family dentist, experienced in correcting this annoying, and possibly dangerous, health issue. Check out his website to find ways he can help to improve the quality of your sleep.
Snoring is a symptom of other potentially serious health issues. You snore when there is a narrowing of the airways while you sleep. Often, it is because you are breathing through your mouth, or your nasal passages and throat are obstructed, reports WebMD.
The following are a few of the health risks related to snoring and sleep apnea:
It’s important to remember that snoring is a symptom of another issue. Snoring is likely related to sleep apnea; a disorder that causes you to stop breathing hundreds of times per night for a second or two, during sleep. Those constant interruptions to sleep are what causes drowsiness and the feeling of being foggy. This condition is dangerous because every time you stop breathing, there’s a possibility that your brain won’t tell you to start breathing again. Studies show that when you have sleep apnea you have three times the risk of death compared to those without sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious issue that should not be ignored!
The majority of over 90 million Americans with sleep disorders are sleep apnea sufferers. If you fall into that category, contact Dr. Berry at Mountain Aire Dentistry for a free consultation to talk about snoring and your health! Experts agree that your dentist can set you on the path to overcoming your sleep disorders.
He will start by looking at the composition of your teeth, gums, throat, and jaw to identify the causes of your snoring. Common culprits are:
Depending on the cause and severity of your sleep apnea, Dr. Berry will make a custom-made mouthpiece to help maintain an open airway while you sleep. These mouthpieces help your jaw stay in the proper position, stop your snoring and alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “custom-made oral mouthpieces can improve sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD) and dentists are the only health care provider with the knowledge and expertise to provide oral appliance therapy (OAT).”
The dentist’s role in the treatment of SRBDs includes the following:
If you recognize yourself in this article, please contact us. Getting enough sleep is vital for everyone! The lack of proper sleep impedes your quality of life and could put you at risk of heart attack, stroke or even death.
Located at 291 E Flatiron Crossing Dr in the Flatiron Shopping Center in Broomfield, Colorado, Mountain Aire Dentistry proudly serves the communities of Thornton, Broomfield, Northglenn and Westminster. Call (303) 731-7755 to make an appointment with Dr. Berry. He will attend to any dental needs you may have, and will also help you stop snoring. Best of all he will get you started on the path to better sleep and better overall health.