Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you snore so loudly that you and your partner can’t get a good night’s sleep? Excessive and disruptive snoring can create a wedge in relationships and diminish your quality of life.
Are you tired during the day, even though you slept a full eight hours? Chronic fatigue causes you to drag through your day, and you may difficulty concentrating and performing certain tasks.
These and many others are symptoms of sleep apnea, a debilitating disorder that robs you of restful sleep and impacts your relationships and quality of life.
Your team at Centre Family Dentistry can help. If you or a loved one suffer from sleep apnea or loud snoring, your Fort Collins dentist offers a simple solution that can help you get the rest you need to rejuvenate your mind and body.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
We poke fun at those who snore, but for many people, it’s no laughing matter. Chronic snoring that disrupts your sleep and keeps your family awake usually indicates the presence of OSA or obstructive sleep apnea.
Apnea is defined as a temporary cessation of breathing, usually during sleep. It occurs when you pass from light to deep sleep, and your tongue and the soft tissue and muscles in your throat relax.
This blocks the airway, and this blockage can cause the vibrations that create the noise we call snoring and can prevent you from breathing altogether. The lack of oxygen alerts your body to wake up and resume breathing. These episodes can occur without you realizing it and can occur multiple times a night. The result is restless sleep
How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Life?
In many cases, a person only realizes they have sleep apnea when their partner complains about their loud snoring or gasping for air. But several symptoms are obvious and common for those with sleep apnea:
- Chronic fatigue during the day
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth upon waking
- Depression or mood swings
- Drowsy driving accidents
How Does a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?
The standard of care for treating patients with sleep apnea is a CPAP mask that provides a continuous flow of positive air pressure as you sleep to keep your airway open. Unfortunately, many patients don’t like wearing the mask, so they go without and put their health at risk.
Dr. Jordan Humbert provides snoring and sleep apnea treatment for our Fort Collins patients using a customized oral appliance. The device fits over your teeth like a mouth guard but is designed to gently reposition your lower jaw in a slightly forward position, which keeps your airway open.
Call Us for Snoring and Sleep Apnea Relief
If the symptoms of sleep apnea are disrupting your life, call Centre Family Dentistry. Dr. Humbert will work with your physician to ensure that the snoring and sleep apnea treatment we offer at our Fort Collins dental office is right for your unique needs.