What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder in which the sleeping person begins to breathe very shallow breaths or hold their breath altogether during deep sleep. People who have sleep apnea find that, due to a collapsed or blocked airway, the breath pauses last from a few seconds to minutes at a time. The person takes a deep breath to compensate for the lack of air, which usually emits a noisy snorting sound and instantly wakes them up.

Sleep apnea is linked to high blood pressure, and the regular lack of oxygen may contribute to heart disease. While many people who suffer from sleep apnea never receive an official diagnosis, there are some signs and symptoms that you may have this disorder. Loud snoring and staggered breathing are common signs of sleep apnea and it is usually noticed by a parent or spouse who hears it.

Relief from Snoring and Teeth Grinding

A CPAP machine softly pushes air into the lungs which prevents the throat tissues from collapsing. You will be able to take deep, uninterrupted breaths and obtain rejuvenating sleep. Another general dentistry option is a mandibular repositioning device (MRD). The MRD holds the jaw in a forward position, increasing the opening of the airway, ending most snoring. The professionals at Manhattan Dental Design will help you decide which device is right for you.

Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, can be a habit difficult or even impossible to control, since it’s often a habit we only experience while completely asleep. One of the best treatments for bruxism is an appliance called a nightguard. Nightguards are available in partial or full-coverage splints, usually made of hard or soft plastic or acrylic. Manhattan Dental Design will take impressions of your teeth, and custom fitted trays made especially for you will help relieve your symptoms.

Contact Manhattan Dental Design, and we’ll see what we can do to help you achieve the rest you need to be the best you.