Sleep Apnea & Snoring Appliances Burlington
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the airway becomes blocked during sleep due to the relaxation of throat muscles, causing periods of stopped breathing. Snoring, caused by partial obstruction of airflow in the throat, is often a symptom of sleep apnea. It can be due to an abnormal size of the throat structures or the relaxation of the throat muscles. While snoring may not always be a cause for concern, it can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a more serious medical condition. It's important to address snoring, as it can have negative impacts on sleep quality and overall health.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring can disrupt peaceful, restful sleep, leading to daytime sleepiness and fatigue that can impact daily functioning and potentially cause health problems. It is essential to address snoring in order to achieve a restful night's sleep and maintain good health. By eliminating snoring, everyone can benefit from the restorative effects of a full night's rest.
Risk Factors associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include::
- Large neck circumference.
- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids (especially in children).
- Age (older adults are more likely to have sleep apnea)
- Family history of sleep apnea.
- MMale gender (men are 2-3 times more likely to have sleep apnea than women).
An oral appliance is a proven effective treatment option for many sleep apnea patients. These are devices which are fitted by a dentist or orthodontist and which the patient wears during sleep.
If you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Lakeside Family Dental in Burlington welcomes your call to explore creating a custom guard to help treat your condition.
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