Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment
Mark S. Roisman, DMD provides snoring and sleep apnea treatment in Westport, CT. Call 203-227-6338 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Snoring and sleep apnea often go untreated for many years because most people don’t even realize that they have these conditions. You may wake up with headaches and always feel tired, but you might not guess that the reason is because you’re being jolted out of a deep sleep dozens of times a night when your breathing pauses.
Both snoring and sleep apnea are caused by the soft tissues in the airway. When you sleep, these tissues can relax and obstruct the flow of air, resulting in shallow or paused breathing. Each time breathing is disrupted you wake up, but most people have no recollection of this occurring—the only symptom they have is persistent tiredness.
Oral Appliance Therapy
It’s a common misconception that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are the only treatment for sleep apnea, but there are many alternatives that patients find to be more comfortable and just as effective. Oral appliance therapy is one of them.
Both sleep apnea and snoring can be treated with oral appliance therapy. Sometimes known as a night guard, an oral appliance fits onto your upper and lower teeth and repositions your lower jaw and tongue while you sleep. By doing so, the soft tissues in your airway are prevented from relaxing, keeping your breathing unobstructed so you can get the restorative sleep you need to live your best life.