Stop Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Bozeman
If you or someone you love experiences sleep that is constantly interrupted by gasps, severe snoring, and difficulty breathing, the culprit may be Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is fundamentally a problem with the breathing passages near the back of the throat.
During the day, when we are conscious and busy, our entire body carries a certain amount of muscle tension. However, much of that tension fades away at night, once we lie down. In the case of our airways, that’s not a good thing.
The combination of relaxed airways plus gravity and body position can cause the passages to narrow dramatically or collapse altogether. Not much air can get through this highly limited space. In fact, trying to pull in enough oxygen is exactly what causes the symptom of severe snoring.
Why is it Important to Treat Sleep Apnea?
Lack of oxygen is a critical problem. Our brains know this, and do everything they can to get the air from our throats to our lungs.
Sometimes the last resort is to wake up for just a microsecond. That gives us enough conscious muscle tension to reopen the airway, take in a deep breath, and fall almost instantly back to sleep.
The problem: with the more severe situations, this can happen up to hundreds of times in a single night. In such cases, we are not only getting insufficient oxygen during the night, but insufficient sleep. Even if we don’t remember waking up at all, our REM cycles have still been interrupted.
This, in turn, has been linked to a number of other very serious health problems and can cause the sufferer to be chronically exhausted.
Apnea Treatment Options
Traditionally, a CPAP machine is an extremely effective treatment for sleep apnea. While wearing the CPAP mask during sleep, pressurized air keeps the passages wide open, allowing you to breath and sleep at the same time.
However, the CPAP can be cumbersome and limiting. Sven Bone Dentistry in Bozeman is interested in finding you a CPAP alternative treatment that works perfectly for you.
Our main line of treatment consists of custom-designed dental appliances. These are mouthguards that are shaped to the exact specifications of your mouth, in order to keep it properly aligned while sleeping. Correct alignment keeps airways open, and open airways help you stop snoring and start sleeping deeply.
Call Us to Find Out More
If you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea and you are in the Bozeman – Big Sky – Manhattan MT area, give us a call here at Sven Bone Dentistry. We will recommend you to an amazing apnea physician for a complete diagnosis to see if you can benefit from our apnea treatments.