Did you know your Mitchellville dentist is the first line of defense for diagnosing sleep apnea? If you or your partner are having trouble sleeping because of snoring, ask Dr. Kevin Granger to make an initial examination.
What is sleep apnea? According to the Mayo Clinic Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. It’s estimated that roughly 90 million Americans snore and 22 million have sleep apnea according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. But snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. And snoring can cause other oral health issues.
If you snore feel free to bring it up at your six-month cleaning appointment.
People who snore breathe out of their mouths instead of their noses. This dries the mouth out and reduces saliva production. Saliva is important. It neutralizes acids and helps to rinse away bacteria. Without proper production of saliva you increase the risk of:
So, if you find you have dry mouth or bad morning breath you’re likely mouth breathing or snoring. If it turns out you do have sleep apnea Dr. Granger and his team will work collaboratively with your primary care physician and a sleep specialist to provide the care you need. Your Mitchellville dentist will keep close tabs on your oral health during your regular six month cleaning visits.
We offer the Silent Nite® device, a custom-fit solution for people who just have a snoring problem. Custom fit to your bite it opens the airways in your throat and reduces the vibrations of the muscles and soft tissues. Gentle elastics prevent snoring disruptions. It’s comfortable and affordable.
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