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Loud snoring has often been portrayed as a source of comedy -- but there's nothing funny about its frequent cause, a condition known as sleep apnea. If you're suffering from this problem, which can put you at risk for a number of diseases and disorders, you need to find a solution that will allow you to breathe freely as you sleep. Here at Riverwalk Dental Group, we can provide dental options for treating sleep apnea in Jupiter, Stuart, and Boynton Beach FL.
Sleep apnea is a state in which a sleeper's body fails to inhale normal amounts of air. Some people have a variant called central sleep apnea, in which the brain simply "forgets" to send the necessary communications to the breathing muscles. But about 80 percent of sleep apnea cases are obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, some abnormality causes the tongue and the tissues at the back of the mouth to relax until they close up. This typically causes loud, severe snoring, while the brief periods of oxygen deprivation may interrupt sleep many times per night (even if you're not aware of it).
Sleep apnea is a serious problem. The combination of sleep interruption and oxygen deprivation can raise your risk for hypertension, liver disease, strokes, heart disease, depression and daytime sleepiness.
You might be surprised to learn that there are direct links between sleep apnea and dental issues. The same kinds of bite misalignment that can cause bruxism (tooth grinding) can also promote the shutting of the airway. That’s why our dentist may ask about your sleep habits when examining the teeth for both alignment and wear-related abnormalities. If these issues are causing or contributing to your sleep apnea, dental care may offer your answers, possibly sparing you from the need for a CPAP machine.
Your dentist, orthodontist, and periodontist at Riverwalk Dental Group may be able to provide dental solutions to your sleep apnea troubles. If your jaws don't quite line up as they should when you sleep, you may benefit from a custom-fitted night guard that holds both rows of teeth in their proper position. If a dental malocclusion is behind your sleep apnea, our Invisalign braces can provide permanent corrections to improve your nocturnal breathing.
Don't let the deadly effects of sleep apnea sneak up on you in your sleep. Call Riverwalk Dental Group in Jupiter, Stuart, or Boynton Beach, FL office to arrange for dental sleep apnea treatment!