Everyone snores. Most people may do it for a few minutes before shifting positions (or being forced to roll over by a sleep partner), but if snoring is severe and constant, there might be underlying problems. Most commonly, loud or excessive snoring is caused by obstructive sleep apnea. This condition usually results from the muscles of your airway relaxing and blocking your airway, interrupting your breathing completely or causing the loud rumbling sounds you or someone you love may be making. Snoring can also be caused by large tonsils or adenoids or from your tongue blocking your airway.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can be detrimental to your long-term health. Sleep apnea patients often have increased risk for stroke and cancer, and chance of premature death is even up to four times higher than when you have the disorder treated. Don’t gamble with your health when we can treat your sleep apnea and help you wake up feeling rested!
Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea
When it comes to treating sleep apnea, we much prefer to catch it early. Our diagnostic tests and exams are able to identify and treat symptoms of sleep apnea before it becomes serious and starts affecting your health. Proactive sleep apnea treatment involves the removal of your tonsils and adenoids. These are often a common cause of airway obstruction, especially if inflamed.
We also work to prevent sleep apnea by using expanders to open your nasal cavities, counseling you on eating habits to encourage weight loss, and using specialized springs to encourage a comfortable and secure jaw position while sleeping.
For patients already suffering from chronic snoring and sleep apnea, we use the state-of-the-art Moses appliance! This comfortable and easy-to-wear nightguard is custom fit to your teeth and mouth and has several benefits for sleep apnea sufferers:
- Positions jaw to prevent snoring and airway blockage
- Stops teeth grinding and clenching
- Non-bulky and easy to wear, sleep in
- Helps eliminate muscle pain in the jaw
While some patients with extreme cases of sleep apnea will not find relief from a nightguard, the vast majority of patients do. You could be sleeping soundly soon!
Sleep Apnea in Children
It is uncommon for children to snore when sleeping, and if they are, they may be at risk for health problems as they get older! We are able to treat sleep apnea and snoring in children with a thorough examination of their mouth and surrounding bone structure. Common causes of snoring in children include excessive weight, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or small nasal cavities.
We treat childhood snoring using a palate expander. This device will help enlarge the airway and restore normal airflow. Childhood obesity is also a cause of sleep apnea, and we can also help you make good dietary choices for your child so that they remain healthy for years to come.
Snoring and sleep apnea doesn’t have to ruin your nights! We have treatment options available to help you sleep better, wake rested, and get more enjoyment out of each and every day. To schedule an appointment, call our offices at 337-465-4139 or fill out our online form. We look forward to helping you!