Sleep Apnea

Many people look at snoring simply as annoyance. At TOOTHDOCS, we want to educate our patients to the additional problems that can come with snoring. We also want to offer options that can help resolve the issue of snoring, giving you a full night’s rest and overcoming accompanying health issues.

Does It Matter If I Snore?

Snoring should not be ignored. Some researchers estimated that over 80 million Americans may snore on a regular basis. Studies show that 70% of these Americans snore loudly and are likely suffering from more serious health problems. Excessive snoring can be an indication of the presence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Many people who are dealing with sleep apnea can not sleep through the night because they are not receiving enough oxygen while they sleep. In some instances, this lack of breath can last a full minute. The reason for this lack of breath is a mechanical obstruction in their airway which hinders their breathing. This obstruction causes the serious problem of limiting the flow of oxygen to the person’s brain and lungs. When a person’s breathing is regularly paused, the oxygen levels in the blood become dangerously low. In addition, when a person is restricted from a deep rest, the heart is severely stressed. This ultimately begins to produce serious problems for the heart.

Treatment Options

If a person finds a treatment which simply addresses the symptom of snoring, it will be similar to turning the fire alarm off but leaving the fire burning. Snoring is almost always an indication of serious health problems. The sleep apnea is what must be addressed. Anti-snoring mouthpieces generally will stop the snoring without addressing the problem of the restricted airflow. At TOOTHDOCS, we can custom-fit you with an oral appliance that will gently address the restricted air passage. When the passage is open, you can obtain that crucial, restful sleep.

If you live in the New York, NY area and think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, we can go over our treatment options with you in detail. Don’t wait, get the good night’s rest that you need by getting in touch with our office today!

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