Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Our minds and bodies need sleep to recharge, heal, and prepare for the day ahead. Good quality sleep reduces common aches and pains, improves our memory and focus, and generally leads to a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life. However, when sleep is disrupted, it can have a snowball effect on the rest of your daily life and oftentimes, we don't even know our sleep is being disturbed in the first place.
So, let's talk about snoring. 1 in 2 adults deals with this invasive, night-time visitor. It may seem harmless, but in reality, snoring can be a symptom of something worse. Sometimes, it can actually be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is a common airflow obstruction affecting 1 in 6 women and 1 in 3 men. As with other sleep disruptions, OSA oftentimes goes unnoticed and undiagnosed, simply perpetuating the problem, side-effects, and serious risks associated.
Below are some common symptoms of OSA to look for:
- pauses in snoring, gasping, or choking
- daytime sleepiness
- morning headaches
- irritability, depression, personality changes, attention problems, and/or mood swings
- sore/dry throat in the morning
- sexual dysfunction
With that said, we're not always sure exactly what causes OSA, but it could be surfacing for several reasons, including:
- Nasal structure
- Jaw shape
- Tongue size
- Lifestyle factors
- Family history
Although easy to diagnose and treat, OSA does have serious side effects if left unattended, including drastically increased risk for heart attacks, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep apnea requires immediate attention and treatment, so don't wait to seek help. Here at DiBona Dental Group, we're prepared to tackle your OSA.
Dr. Bonci, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, is trained in recognizing and treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and excessive snoring. By using non-intrusive dental and oral appliance alternatives to the typical CPAP machine, Dr. Bonci is able to find a more seamless solution for OSA. Specialized mouthguards keep your jaw in place and airway open, ultimately relieving the sleep apnea symptoms. With just a 30-minute consultation, Dr. Bonci can give valuable insight into your likelihood of having OSA, suggest non-intrusive treatment options, and set you on the path to a better and safer night's sleep.
The IST appliance is a custom-made, specialized night guard for sleep apnea and snoring.
The D-SAD is a custom, 3D printed mouthguard for sleep apnea and snoring.