Treatment & Relief with Oral Appliances
Many people believe that snoring is not a sleep problem, but snoring and breathing pauses during sleep are symptoms of a serious condition called sleep apnea. Serious sleep disorders like sleep apnea may seem like mere inconveniences, but in reality, sleep apnea negatively affects your overall quality of life and can cause serious health problems in the future.
Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, is an Albuquerque family dentist who has training treating snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Luffey can create a custom oral appliance to reduce your symptoms and improve your breathing during sleep. Dr. Luffey is trained to provide you with snoring and sleep apnea treatment.
Sleep Apnea—How Snoring & Breathing Pauses Affect Your Quality of Sleep & Quality of Life
If you snore, it is due to an airway obstruction in the nose, mouth or throat. If you experience breathing pauses during sleep and do not breathe in the same manner as you do while you’re awake, then there is a change in air exchange in your lungs that can have devastating effects on your health throughout your lifetime. Many people who participate in a sleep study are surprise to learn how poor their sleep quality really is.
What happens when your breathing is impaired while you sleep? Snoring and breathing pauses cause arousal in the brain, preventing you from entering a deep sleep. This causes your body to become fatigued during the day. Also, poor sleep lowers the amount of oxygen that enters the blood stream, causes changes in your breathing and heart rate. All of this has a devastating effect on your body’s ability to rejuvenate and your brain function.
The term hypoxic describes a condition in which your body or a region of your body is deprived of oxygen supply. If you are waking up several times a night, there is chance you are not getting enough oxygen and may become hypoxic at certain times of the night. Hypoxic situations cause changes in the blood that release or fail to release certain hormones that control hunger, depth of sleep and other important physiological processes.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Many times, patients who snore have lived with the problem for many years without realizing that they may have sleep apnea. They sleep in a separate room from their partner due to loud snoring and restless sleep habits and struggle with fatigue throughout the day. If these sleep apnea symptoms sound familiar, you may also be experiencing the following:
- Loud snoring
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Fatigue during the day
- Morning headaches
- Forgetfulness and mood changes
- Sleeping with the mouth open
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
- Frequent urination during the night
- Recurring awakenings or insomnia
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
The long-term health effects of sleep apnea go beyond insomnia and memory loss. Snoring can result in sudden cardiac death, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. To avoid the long-term health effects of sleep apnea, contact Dr. Luffey to get sleep apnea treatment right away.
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Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Options in Albuquerque, NM
Dr. Luffey can diagnose and treat your sleep apnea at his snoring and sleep apnea dental treatment center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the best sleep apnea and snoring treatment options is customized oral appliances, often called night guards or snore guards. Worn at night, your advanced night guard and snore guard can reduce snoring, breathing pauses and grinding your teeth during sleep.
Dr. Luffey creates oral appliances designed to fit in your mouth comfortably. Your oral appliance can help maintain your jaw in a forward position to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep.