Snoring and breathing pauses during sleep are typically caused by a condition known as sleep apnea. Many people suffer from sleep apnea, and it can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Dr. Jonathan Coombs, Dr. Brandon Ryff, and Dr. Don Chiappetti offer a number of treatment options that can reduce the risks of sleep apnea and help you get a more restful and healthy night’s sleep.
While you sleep, muscles in the throat and tongue become very relaxed, and the tongue drops into your airway. This can cause your breathing passages to become too narrow, ultimately leading to snoring, teeth grinding, and/or pauses in breathing of up to 10 seconds or more. In many cases, people with sleep apnea are not even aware of the problem unless someone else tells them about it. Risks of sleep apnea include sudden cardiac death, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, memory loss, fatigue, gastric reflux, chronic sleepiness, morning headaches, and other conditions. This is why it is very important to be aware of the symptoms and to have an evaluation as soon as possible.
At Scottsdale Smile Center, we offer custom-designed snore guards that can help you keep a positive flow of air through your breathing passages. These innovative appliances can reduce snoring, breathing pauses, and other symptoms of sleep apnea. Our options are designed for the best possible fit and comfort. Our dentists will be happy to meet with you to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea and develop a personalized treatment plan.
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