Many patients are surprised when they find out that their dentist may be able to treat their snoring issue and also their sleep apnea issue. While many offices don’t offer this type of treatment, the dentists at Vestal Dental Associates feel that it is only appropriate to offer our patients solutions for all their oral health related issues. It can’t be emphasized enough how important quality sleep is to your everyday health. Both scientific studies and simple common sense tells us that those who snore and those who deal with sleep apnea suffer from irregular sleep cycles that affect both themselves and their partners.
Although snoring is not an uncommon issue, there are many cases when snoring becomes associated with an obstruction in the airway, preventing you from proper breathing. Most commonly, sleep apnea can be identified by loud snoring, followed by several seconds of silence. The silence that occurs is the dangerous part of sleep apnea and is the point at which the airways are being blocked. Carbon Dioxide is built up in the system as oxygen fails to enter the lungs which in turn will cause you to subconsciously wake up. This “waking up” is often followed by a loud gasping or gurgling sound.
Snoring can be a nuisance for your social life but can also be very serious from a medical standpoint. Moderate snoring can cause issues in marriages and be a cause of daytime sleepiness for both partners. If left untreated, snoring that is a result of sleep apnea can raise your risk of developing serious health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke and even heart failure. Children have the added risk of developing ADHD due to sleep apnea.
SomnoDent is comprised of custom-made upper and lower dental trays with a unique coupling component that allows the mouth to naturally open and close. This device is worn at night and works to increase the upper airway volume and prevent the mouth from completely closing. Our patients have found this device to be extremely effective for those that suffer with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Vestal Dental Associates provides sleep apnea solutions to patients who reside in Vestal NY and the greater Binghamton area. You’ll find our team caring and compassionate and you’ll feel like a member of our family from the time you step into our office, to the time you walk out our door with a smile. To schedule your sleep apnea consultation, fill out the form on this page or call our office at 607-785-3339.