Snoring may be a very common occurrence across the country, but the causes of snoring vary. However, there can be no denying that those causes are universally bad for your overall health.

Snoring, a result of the soft tissue in the rear of your throat, as well as your tongue, relaxing and closing off your airway, causes restless sleep patterns. Snoring is also a prime symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is when your sleep is disrupted due to actual pauses in breathing as a result of an airway that is closed off. In severe cases, this may happen hundred times a night without your knowing. You’ll wake just enough, and just long enough, to start breathing again. And you’ll wonder why you’re so tired the next morning, even though you believe you got enough sleep.

Those most prone to sleep apnea include patients who are overweight, use tobacco, drink alcohol excessively, or have genetic predisposition due to the shape of their mouth or jaw. Sleep apnea can lead to very serious health problems, including depression, heart attack, and stroke.

How Dr. Brightleaf can Help

Dr. Brightleaf has been treating sleep apnea patients using oral appliances. These are worn at night, are much better than CPAP machines, and are best for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances are comparable to mouth guards in the way they are fitted over your teeth. In addition, each oral appliance is custom-created for your specific oral needs. They work by keeping the tongue in place, as well as moving your lower jaw into an optimal position for sleep. The result is a clear airway without disruptive snoring.

If you would like to speak to Dr. Brightleaf about your snoring and are in the Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades or Brentwood, California area, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry today.