Snoring is a harsh or rattling noise that a person makes while in his/her sleep. Snoring is a common problem faced by many. According to statistics 60% of men and 40% of women aged between 40 and 60 years old snore in the United States. However, in most situations, the individuals do not realize they are perpetual snorer unless told by their sleep partners or family members.
While we are awake, there is a steady flow of oxygen and carbon-di-oxide between our nose lungs and mouth. In sleep, the passage at the back of our throat through which air travels narrows down as the muscles are in a more relaxed state while we sleep. The amount of air we breathe in during the night is same in comparison to the amount of air we breathe in morning. However, at night the opening of air passage narrows down due to which the air moves in and out more swiftly causing the tissue surrounding the passage openings to vibrate causing you to snore. The reasons for the air passage to narrow down may differ in different people. The narrowing can be in a nose, throat, and mouth.
Snoring, in particular, is harmless and does not pose any major health risks. However, continuous snoring may lead to a condition called as Sleep Apnea. If left untreated may have a dangerous affect on your health.
Some health problems associated with untreated sleep apnea are:
How can we differentiate between Sleep Apnea and regular Snoring?
There is a thin line between both and there is no simple test that can determine the difference. If your sleeping partner is complaining about your continuous snoring and you are experiencing symptoms like Insomnia, Irritability, Difficulty in concentrating, Morning headaches, Daytime sleepiness or fatigue then do consult your dentist who will be able to conduct sleep test or refer you to a sleep medicine specialist for further investigation.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea:
TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Raleigh-Durham offers several options to treat snoring or sleep apnea. You can either opt for custom made oral devices or undergo surgeries involving the air passage. If you are skeptical about surgeries you can choose oral device such as mouth guards. These oral devices are easy to use, inexpensive and are equally effective to help you breathe properly while you are asleep.
Our Dental Team works toward treating your sleep and TMJ disorders by giving you custom made oral device after thoroughly analyzing physical exam and sleep study (polysomnogram) which confirms the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, conducted by our highly trained, experienced and certified TMJ specialist.
The custom made oral device will help in a realignment of the jaw and help maintain the jaw in a forward position so more air can enter the passage while you are asleep.
Dr. Ferzli is a certified, experienced and well-respected dentist who has a focus on the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
Dr. Ferzli is a Diplomate of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines and he has a clinical experience since 2001 in Cary, NC. He has effectively treated over 200 patients suffering from various sleep disorders and temporomandibular joint disorders.
You can contact directly to Dr. Ferzli’s office at 919-395-6744 or schedule an appointment to know more on snoring and obstructive sleep apnea treatment options.