Snoring is a common nighttime annoyance and frustration. Snoring is a type of sleep breathing disorder typically caused by obstructions in the airway, such as large tonsils, collapsing tissues in the throat or the tongue rolling back in the throat. When the muscles of your airway relax, the upper airway becomes narrower, resulting in snoring.
Snoring may also be a sign of another, more serious sleep breathing disorder — sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing while asleep. These pauses can occur hundreds of times each night and in some cases may last for significant periods of time before breathing resumes. Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of serious medical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Liver problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Imbalanced hormone levels
- Weakened immune system
- Weight gain
- Impaired short- and long-term memory, as well as difficulty concentrating
- Increased risk of diabetes
Fortunately, there are solutions to help manage snoring and sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed by a medical physician with sleep apnea and cannot use a CPAP machine, Dr. Benjamin Silva can provide oral appliance therapy to help keep your airways open so that you can breathe easily while asleep and improve your overall health.
Oral appliance therapy is an excellent solution for mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring disorders. It works by advancing the lower jaw slightly forward, tightening the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway to prevent them from collapsing or vibrating and becoming an obstruction. This gives you a safe and soundless sleep so that you can get the rest you need. Each oral appliance is custom-designed to fit your mouth perfectly and feel comfortable.
We invite you to call Silva Dentistry at 915-591-4303 to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist and learn more about snoring, sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy in El Paso, Texas. We are committed to helping you enjoy a healthy quality of life.