Snoring is an annoying problem that most people consider harmless, if not comical. However, snoring is often a symptom of a more severe underlying condition called sleep apnea. Those with sleep apnea are deprived of oxygen when they sleep, which can cause serious health issues and even shorten their lifespan. At Buscemi Family Dentistry, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Dr. Vincent Buscemi can treat snoring and sleep apnea with proven therapies to help you achieve your best sleep in years.
Sleep apnea is characterized by intermittent pauses in breathing that last for at least 10 seconds during sleep. These disruptions lead to numerous partial awakenings, hindering deep, rejuvenating sleep.
Sleep apnea can contribute to cardiovascular complications, stroke, and other health issues. Additionally, it can result in fatigue and clouded judgment, increasing the likelihood of accidents.
Although the connection between oral health and sleep apnea remains somewhat unclear, we understand that the condition frequently involves the mouth’s soft tissues.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
The causes of sleep apnea can vary. It’s most common in men and people over age 40. However, it can impact people of all ages, even kids.
Risk factors include:
Sleep apnea is a common condition often treated with CPAP machines, but now an alternative option is gaining popularity. Many people are turning to oral appliances and custom-made mouthguards known as mandibular advancement devices (MADs). These devices resemble orthodontic retainers and work by repositioning the jaws while you sleep, effectively keeping the throat open to prevent apnea episodes.