Snoring is the sound that occurs when breathing is partially obstructed during sleep. Snoring occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the normal airflow during sleep. As many as half of adults snore, and it can indicate that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or "OSA". Not all people who snore have OSA, but if you snore, and have any of the following symptoms, you should be evaluated for OSA by undergoing a sleep study:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is a condition many times associated with snoring, and is diagnosed by physician using a sleep study. OSA is a very serious health problem during which a person can stop breathing for up to a minute or more due to the soft tissue in the back of the mouth and throat fully blocking the airway. This lack of oxygen to your brain and heart can wreak havoc to your entire body. Research now shows that untreated OSA can lead to the following conditions and complications:
Today, somewhere between 80%-90% of adults with OSA remain undiagnosed. To help control the symptoms of snoring, or if you have been diagnosed with OSA by your physician, Dr. Alvarez can create a variety of dental sleep appliances or "a snore guard" . These type of dental snore guards and mandibular advancement devices can help you increase your oxygen level at night, as well as prevent snoring. Many times the appliances are used when a patient cannot, or will not use a "C-PAP" sleep apnea device. The dental snore guard works by advancing your jaw forward, thereby opening your airway, similar to what is seen done during CPR. There are a variety of dental sleep apnea devices done by Dr. Alvarez, including:
Dr. Alvarez is a Member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
See our video on how can we help with your snoring and sleep apnea using a simple dental solution
You can learn more about snoring, and ways how to stop snoring, by reading an article featuring Dr. Alvarez on a panel of experts selected by the Huffington Post by clicking below:
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