Do you snore or know someone who does? We typically think of snoring as just an annoying sound that interrupts the slumber of those close by. However, snoring can often be a sign of a serious condition called sleep apnea. At Hardin Advanced Dentistry, our dentists treat snoring and sleep apnea with non-surgical therapy that restores healthy, restorative slumber.
If you suspect you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea and are in the Cincinnati area, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry by phone at (513) 234-5531 today.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea symptoms are characterized by repeated lapses in breathing for up to 10 seconds at a time. Causes include obesity, the tongue falling back to block the throat, and tissues relaxing and collapsing in on each other to obstruct the airway. Sometimes, heredity is a factor. Left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and other whole-body health issues.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when air pushes through blocked passageways. This causes tissues to vibrate and make noise.
How Do Our Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea and Snoring?
Dr. Gary Hardin or Dr. Tara Hardin will conduct a thorough examination and may send you to a medical doctor to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea. As members of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), our dentists treat snoring and sleep apnea with an oral appliance called a SomnoDent nightguard. This custom-made acrylic device fits comfortably between your teeth and holds the jaw slightly forward to open air passageways. The SomnoDent appliance is a highly effective alternative to CPAP for patients who snore and/or have mild to moderate sleep apnea.
For more information on sleep apnea treatment, please contact our experienced Mason, Dayton, and Cincinnati sleep apnea dentists today by calling (513) 234-5531 or completing our online form. Also helping patients from Northern Kentucky and SE Indiana.