Snoring & Sleep Apnea

What is Snoring and is there anything I can do about it?

During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, shrinking the airway. This increases the velocity of airflow during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased, soft tissues like the soft palate and uvula vibrate. The vibrations of these tissues result in ‘noisy breathing’ or snoring.

Snoring is a serious health condition that may increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disorders, heart failure, daytime fatigue, dementia, memory problems, obesity, diabetes and depression.
So what can be done for the person that snores? For the majority of snorers, the most affordable, non-invasive, comfortable, effective solution is a dentist prescribed removable preventative device.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes.

Sleep Apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or ‘sleep study.’

Sleep apnea can raise the possibility of severe medical conditions and is not to be taken lightly. Sleep Apnea has the potential to greatly affect your overall health. If you think you suffer from sleep apnea please seek the advice of your physician.

Dr. Shields will work with you and your ‘sleep study’ physician to see if one of our treatments will be beneficial to you.

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