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Can a Dentist Help My Snoring?

If your bed partner has been complaining about your frequent, loud snoring, you may be one of millions of Americans suffering from a common disorder called sleep apnea. The term “apnea” literally means “no breath.” Sleep apnea sufferers experience obstructed breathing multiple times a night. These breathing pauses can last anywhere from ten seconds to a full minute at a time, and can occur hundreds of times a night.

The consequences of sleep apnea are often serious, ranging from excessive daytime drowsiness to stroke, diabetes, and heart failure. If you are a chronic snorer, check to see if you exhibit any of the following symptoms in addition to snoring:

  • Headaches in the morning
  • Frequent bathroom trips during the night
  • Memory problems and difficulty concentrating
  • A dry mouth and sore throat when you wake up
    • Swelling in your legs

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you should be tested for sleep apnea by a specialist like Dr. Strober. Mild to moderate sleep apnea can be treated through the use of a custom orthotic device like the SomnoDent® MAS, which keeps your jaw and tongue in a forward position at night, allowing your airways to remain open.

Even snorers who do not suffer from sleep apnea can benefit from using the SomnoDent® MAS to prevent their loud snoring from disturbing their sleep partner. For more information about snoring treatment options, please contact our San Diego office today to schedule an initial consultation.

By |September 29th, 2011|Sleep Apnea|