Posted: September 15, 2022
Do you snore? Have you ever been told that you do? Your partner may constantly snore, disrupting your sleep. Although snoring is quite common, it can sometimes be a symptom of a more significant problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
What's the good news? There is easier to overcome snoring and mild OSA than you might think. Our practice is the first step!
The Benefits of Good Sleep
Getting a good night's sleep is important for many reasons. It can help improve your mood, memory, and overall health. It can also make you more productive and help you to manage stress better.
To promote good sleep, you can do a few simple things, such as:
- Establishing a regular sleep schedule
- Creating a relaxing bedtime routine
- Setting up a peaceful, comfortable sleep environment
By following these tips, you can help ensure that you get the restful sleep you need to feel your best.
What is OSA?
Sleep apnea is usually associated with snoring and occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks the airway. Some people have jolted awake a handful or more each night in mild to moderate cases.
This condition affects more men than women, but anyone can get it. A more significant risk factor is usually associated with those with the following characteristics:
- Over 40 years old
- Overweight or obese
- Deviated septum or sinus problems
- Family history
- Large tongue or tonsils
Sleep apnea is often associated with CPAP machines, which a person wears while sleeping. As a means of keeping your airways open, this machine forces air down them. Despite its effectiveness, some people find the device uncomfortable to wear and loud.
During sleep, patients can use a custom-fit oral device that moves their jaw forward comfortably. You are less likely to experience an obstruction of your airway if you move your airway slightly. Your dentist can help with that.
Mild cases can be treated easily, efficiently, and effectively.
Would You Like To Learn More?
Get in touch with Softouch Dental Care to discuss how they can help you (and your bed partner) sleep better. Contact our Northern Virginia area dentist at 703-319-6990 to schedule an appointment. Patients from Oakton, Vienna, McLean, and other surrounding areas are welcome at our practice.