Are you a snorer? While all of us snore once in a while, loud and constant snoring can be a sign of something more serious, not to mention disturbing to your sleep partner and others in your home! Your chronic snoring could indicate that you have sleep apnea, a worrying and potentially dangerous sleep disorder!
Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious detrimental effects on your day-to-day life, but Donaldson 3D Orthodontics can help you sleep better, feel better, and regain the quality of life you may have lost to this easily treatable disorder with Snoring & Sleep Apnea Solutions!
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition involving interruption in your breathing while you’re sleeping. This occurs when the soft tissue in your neck and throat relax and cause your airway to become obstructed. Snoring is a major symptom because the relaxation of the airway doesn’t always close it completely; rather, it becomes partially obstructed.
Along with snoring, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Nighttime choking/gasping
- Frequent sleep arousals
- Morning headaches
- Frequent nocturnal urination
- Limb movement
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
Over time, sleep apnea can become dangerous to your health. Patients who go untreated have increased risks for a variety of potentially life-threatening conditions, including:
- Hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular disease
- Compromised immune system
- Learning and memory problems
- Mental and emotional health issues
Reasons such as these are why it’s so important to have your sleep apnea treated! This relatively simple disorder might seem like an inconvenience now, but as you get older your life can be seriously affected by these long-term conditions. By treating your sleep apnea now, you may be adding years of happy, healthy living to your life!
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
We use an advanced device called the Moses appliance. This device is worn at night and works by holding the jaw comfortably in place, preventing relaxation of muscles from causing airway obstruction. The Moses appliance has a low profile in your mouth, meaning it won’t obstruct your breathing at all! Many of our patients actually report elimination of bruxism and jaw clenching as well!
We craft the Moses appliance using a digital impression of your mouth that is sent to our dental lab. They are able to create a device that fits perfectly in place and allows you to sleep more comfortably and finally wake rested and refreshed in the morning!
Because your jaw and bones change over time, the Moses appliance is also adjustable! You can simply bring it to our office, and Dr. Buddy will be happy to perfect its fit!
Preventing Sleep Apnea
The Moses appliance is a great solution to sleep apnea, but Dr. Buddy always prefers to prevent the development of sleep apnea through early treatment. This generally involves the removal of your tonsils and adenoids to widen your airway, as well as using any necessary orthodontic devices to treat small nasal cavities or incorrect jaw shape.
A major contributing factor to sleep apnea is obesity, and we’ll work with any patients suffering from weight problems through dietary counseling.
Sleep Apnea in Children
Sleep apnea is very uncommon in children, and symptoms should be identified and addressed as soon as they are noticed! Children suffering from sleep apnea generally have one of several problems:
- Excess weight
- Enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids
- Small nasal cavities
We can treat children suffering from sleep apnea by using many of our preventive orthodontic techniques, including expanders to reposition the jaw and open airways, springs to reposition the bottom jaw, and removal of tonsils or adenoids. We want to make sure that your children don’t suffer from severe sleep apnea later in life!
If you or someone you love is suffering from any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t spend another sleepless night wondering what to do! Call Donaldson 3D Orthodontics today to find a solution! You can reach us by phone at 337-465-4139 or request an appointment online using our convenient form. We look forward to helping you live happier!