Are you snoring consistently and loudly? While you may not even know you're so noisy, certainly your family does, but there's an even greater cause for concern. Snoring often accompanies a serious health issue called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. People with OSA actually stop breathing several times a night. Your dentist in Spring, Dr. Maisa Idriss, at The Smile Designer in Spring, TX offers solutions to stop snoring so you sleep, stay healthy and keep your household happy, too.
How OSA happens
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is more common than you may think. The National Sleep Foundation says it affects about 20 million Americans. While most of these sufferers are males over 40, OSA happens to a wide range of people--even children.
Predisposing factors are obesity, alcohol abuse, snoring, big tonsils and large neck circumference. Unfortunately, this sleep disorder is linked to systemic health problems such as diabetes, stroke, hypertension dementia and heart disease. So, in short, it's no joke.
The mechanism for OSA is pretty straightforward. As a person sleeps, his or her throat relaxes. The soft tissues--tonsils, tongue, and so on--relax, covering the throat, causing the vibration we know as snoring. Also, the lack of oxygen makes the individual startle awake, gasping for air. These apneic episodes may occur up to 100 times a night. The next day, the individual is tired, sleepy, irritable and may have trouble concentrating and remembering things.
How Dr. Idriss can help
If these symptoms sound familiar, don't despair. Dr. Indriss can help. She offers oral appliance therapy, custom-made night splints which hold the jaw and tongue in a more forward position, thus opening the airway and holding it open. These comfortable appliances work well for mild to moderate sleep apnea and may be an excellent alternative to more intrusive therapies such as bedside CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines. CPAP machines deliver a steady stream of air through a nasal mask and keep the airway open. However, people often dislike their noise and feeling of claustrophobia.
Additionally, Dr. Idriss performs in-office oral surgeries to modify excess tissue at the back of the throat. These procedures are comfortably accomplished with the Fontono Lightwalker laser. The tissue reduction procedure--also called NightLase--activates collagen in the uvula, soft palate and tonsils, effectively decreasing their size and creating more room for air to pass.
Take snoring seriously
To stop your snoring, why not contact The Smile Designer in Spring today? You can rest better and feel better with Dr. Indriss's innovative sleep apnea solutions. Call (281) 257-8815.