Sleep apnea is a medical condition that is related to snoring. When you snore, your airway is restricted so that the soft tissues in the back of your throat vibrate. With sleep apnea, there’s a complete blockage of your airway, causing you to stop breathing momentarily. The lack of oxygen can cause you to wake up briefly, and then you fall back asleep, usually without remembering that you woke up. This can happen many times throughout the night, leaving you feeling exhausted during the day even though you think you got a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately, this condition is frequently undiagnosed and can lead to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure and even strokes.
Signs and Symptoms:
It often takes a partner to realize your symptoms and help you get diagnosed. Some of these symptoms include:
-Sudden/frequent waking throughout the night.
-Gasping for air in your sleep.
-Fatigue during waking hours, even when you think you’ve had a full night’s sleep.
Some people think the only thing you can do for your sleep apnea is use a CPAP machine. The problem with those is they are very big, bulky, and noisy.
At Burba Dental, we use Snore Guard. It’s a small intra-oral device that you use only when you’re sleeping. The unit is custom fit to your mouth so it’s very comfortable. Snore Guard fits snugly over your top teeth while you sleep and it keeps your lower jaw in a natural forward position to help and keep your airway open. It can eliminate snoring and/or mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. You and your partner will finally be able to enjoy a restful night’s sleep.
Another treatment option we offer for sleep apnea is the “Silent Sleep” device. This is customized to fit your mouth, and the bite trays are soft and flexible.
It’s used as a successful alternative for those who dislike the CPAP Machine. It helps with snoring, sleep apnea, and even bruxism. The comfortable fit can give you a restful night’s sleep, without all the bulk and noise of a CPAP.
Make an Appointment
If you think you may have sleep apnea, visit our request an appointment page or call us at (978) 744-7575 to make one. Additionally, you’re always welcome to request a complimentary consultation for a few minutes if you just have some questions for Dr. Burba. As a reminder, if it’s been over six months since your last cleaning– you’re due.
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, with a practice in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.