Sleep Apnea

It is estimated that up to 50% of patients snore during sleep! Regular snoring is just a nuisance, but sleep apnea snoring is actually dangerous.

Most people are unaware that chronic snoring may indicate a sleeping disorder. Sleep apnea is a condition where the airway becomes closed off during sleep. When the airway narrows or closes, the sufferer wakes up briefly to resume breathing. These pauses in breathing, or apneas, may be accompanied by gasping or choking sounds.

Dental professionals are familiar with the causes and treatments for sleep apnea. The Duluth Dental Center team would be happy to help you find a solution that will stop your snoring or your sleep apnea for good.

Causes of Snoring

What is causing your snoring or sleep apnea? It may be one or a combination of the following factors:

  • Obstruction of nasal passages
  • Weak or loose throat muscles
  • Sleeping posture
  • Fat accumulation around the throat
  • Low muscle tone in the throat
  • Use of muscle relaxants, alcohol, or sedatives before sleep
  • Lower jaw positioning closing off the airway

Dr. Shifrin can assess the muscles in your throat and positioning of your jaw to determine the cause of your snoring and the treatment that will work best for you.

Why Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

Not only is snoring inconvenient, but sleep apnea snoring comes with health complications. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Reduced concentration, memory, and work performance
  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Greater chance of developing diabetes and obesity
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Increased risk of auto accidents

Because of the related health consequences, sleep apnea can be life-threatening. With an exam, we can determine if your snoring is sleep apnea snoring or not.

Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Shifrin offers a conservative and effective treatment for sleep apnea: Oral appliances. Your appliance will position your jaw and tongue properly to hold the airway open during sleep. The device is relatively comfortable and can stop all kinds of snoring.

Restful sleep is possible! If you are suffering from daytime drowsiness, come see Dr. Shifrin to determine if sleep apnea is the cause.