A good night’s sleep is vital to our health and well-being, but for those people living with a snoring spouse or family member, catching some shut-eye and getting some sound sleep can be a nightmare. Relationships can suffer when bedfellows snore. The sleep-deprived partner, losing out on valuable, rejuvenating sleep, sometimes seeks solace sleeping in another bedroom. The snorer can often suffer from daytime sleepiness, fatigue and moodiness. This all too common situation is preventable with the help of a qualified dentist. There is hope for the weary in the form of custom fit dental snore guard appliances, an effective treatment option to reduce snoring.
Snoring is caused when air passes through the mouth and the airway constricts causing the tongue to vibrate onto the soft palate. This can easily be treated with a custom fit device worn inside the mouth during sleep. Similar to a sports mouthguard, the device keeps the lower jaw forward so the tongue will no longer obstruct the airway. If you or your loved one might benefit from a custom fit dental snore guard, contact Dr. Ducasse’s practice to learn more about how you can benefit from treatment.
Similar to snoring, sleep apnea issues can negatively impact one’s health. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder with symptoms of shallow breathing, loud snoring, gasping or choking sensations and pauses in breathing while asleep. This results in a shift from deep sleep to a lighter, more interrupted sleep which causes daytime fatigue and excessive drowsiness. Common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, irritability, headaches, mood disturbances, inability to concentrate and dry mouth. If left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to high blood pressure and heart trouble. According to a research study published on March 19, 2005 in the medical journal The Lancet, untreated sleep apnea sufferers were three times more likely to have fatal cardiovascular events than people who have had their sleep apnea treated.
Luckily there are several treatment options available for sleep apnea sufferers. Once a diagnosis of sleep apnea has been made, Dr. Ducasse can alleviate sleep apnea by making an upper and lower mouth guard to reposition the jaw during sleep. A custom made mouth guard can be an effective treatment for sleep apnea.