Changes in the position of your soft palate while sleeping can result in significant snoring and possible breathing interruptions. If this occurs on a frequent basis, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
While it might seem to be little more than a nuisance at first, chronic sleep apnea can eventually lead to more significant complications. The breathing interruption component associated with this condition can gradually start to have a negative affect your cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Without some form of effective mitigation, sleep apnea could increase your chances of suffering from high blood pressure, as well as increase your chances of suffering from heart disease or stroke.
If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, you might need to sleep with a continuous positive air pressure device, or a CPAP machine. Your primary physician can provide this for you if it is deemed necessary. If you only suffer from only mild to moderate sleep apnea, you might find significant symptom relief by using a snore guard, which can be provided by dentists like Drs. Babcock and Bill and our Sedona Dental Arts team.
There are several different type of snore guards available that you can choose from. Our dentists can help you know which one is right for you, depending on the specifics of your mouth and your personal preference. This could include a tongue stabilizing device, a mandibular advancement device, or a thermoplastic snore guard
If you live in the Sedona, Arizona area, and if you are suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea, you should call (928) 282-1514 to explore your options for receiving a snore guard at Sedona Dental Arts.