It is not clear how many people experience sleep disorders. The strange thing is that we know many people have some sleep disorders, whether they are aware of it or not. One prevalent sleeping problem is snoring, which affects at least half of the entire population.
Common sleep disorders
We are all familiar with snoring probably know someone who snores. Approximately 25% of culprits will snore every time they sleep and need professional help to help train their neck muscles to relax. Do not dismiss snoring as a minor sleep disorder because it affects your sleep quality and can contribute to significant sleep deprivation. The good news is that snoring has easy remediation when you consult a professional like Dr. Shirazi.
Train on sleeping in the proper position. Sleeping in the correct position is the easiest way to reduce snoring because it allows your tongue and soft structures to relax. Anyone who has a snoring partner will tell you their partner has less to no snoring when in certain positions.
Nasal sprays are a less common solution, but efficient in ensuring your structures are hydrated and lubricated. Most drugstores will sell you a nasal spray, but they may not always diagnose you if the spray does not work. This case brings us to the following treatments. Nasal valves and dilators help offer relief because they relax the muscles and structures responsible for snoring.
This disorder happens when the upper airway muscle relaxes and pinches the air passage to prevent airflow. Sleep apnea may cause your breathing to pause for at least ten seconds until your body’s natural reflexes kickback. The condition happens in 3% of the population and tends to increase sharply in older menopausal groups. The following are the most common signs of sleep apnea:
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- A tendency to breathe with an open mouth
- Waking up with a headache
Treatment for sleep apnea
Keep in mind that each treatment or dental appliance for sleep will depend on the severity, such as mild, moderate, or severe. It is important to treat sleep apnea before it leads to worse conditions. The following are common sleep apnea treatments:
Wear an oral dental device that keeps your airway comfortable to prevent collapsing by holding the tongue in place. Surgery is a standard option because it reduces and eliminates the extra tissue in the throat that prevents unrestricted airflow. Keep in mind that there are different kinds of surgical solutions, which all different target areas of the airway.
We will ask you several questions to determine the best possible treatment appliances for adults with sleep apnea and find a procedure with minimal side effects and risks. In the end, we will execute a surgical procedure that will address problems of the following issues:
- Uvula and soft palate
- Lower and upper jaw
- Adenoids and tonsils
Sleep apnea oral appliance treatments are better administered soon after diagnosis, resulting in faster and better delivery. Contact us today to book an appointment for a personalized consultation.
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