Alpharetta Dentist: Diagnosing Snoring Causes

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snoring and sleep apnea solutions

Snoring may single a more significant problem, i.e. sleep apnea or afib. By itself its not harmful and can interrupt the sleep of you and your partner.  Then it becomes harmful as it relates to the rest the body needs every night.  The noise comes from the vibration of the soft tissue in the throat. A little self-diagnosis might be of help in determining the cause of your problem.  The following are some causes to look for:

  1. Allergies may interfere with your respiratory tract.  Obviously, you need to stay away from known allergens or you might need to take preventative medicines.
  2. Overweight is one of the contributing factors of snoring. Losing some weight may help reduce the fatty tissue in your airway and the pushing of your abdomen on your lungs.
  3. Avoid taking certain medicines such as antihistamines and sedatives before going to bed as they can encourage you to snore.
  4. Consider avoiding dairy products before bedtime. They can increase mucus build-up in your throat, which may lead to snoring.
  5. Smoking can cause snoring. It irritates the tissues in the throat and creates congestion in some tissues of the respiratory system. Among other reasons like oral and lung cancer, quit smoking if you want to stop snoring.
  6. Elevate your head when sleeping.  This can be accomplished by raising the headboard end of the bed, sleep on a firm mattress and utilize additional pillows to support your neck and prevent obstructions to your airway.

If you have run through these little helpful tips and you are still snoring, you might break down and ask our dentist for help.  If we can be of assistance please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation.  We are conveniently located at Roswell Road and I-285.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs: Sleep Apnea Treatment

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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you know it’s more than your sleep that is affected by your snoring.

Disruptions in sleep can be caused by a variety of issues, from teeth grinding (bruxism) to night terrors. When a person suffers from difficulty in sleeping with no obvious cause, it is referred to as insomnia.[1]  Additional health issues may also include:

  •  Heart problems
  • Strokes
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

While you sleep, your throat relaxes. This relaxation allows the tongue and soft palate to collapse and block your airway. Eventually, your airflow stops. When your oxygen level drops, your brain moves out of deep sleep and signals you to wake up. The airway contracts, opens and the obstruction in your throat clears. Airflow starts again, usually with a loud gasp. You fall back into a deep sleep and the process starts all over again.

It’s the combination of low oxygen levels and interrupted sleep that is the major contributor to most of the problems associated with sleep apnea.  Estimates are if left untreated sleep apnea can shorten the average life span by 5 to 10 years.

Treatments for sleep disorders generally can be grouped into four categories:

  •  behavioral/ psychotherapeutic treatments
  • rehabilitation/management
  • medications
  • other somatic treatments

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea will be told to wear a CPAP (continuing positive airway pressure) machine, designed to create a continuum of positive airway pressure while you sleep. Unfortunately, the CPAP mask is uncomfortable which often results in discontinued use.

SO, WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT?

To help those with sleep apnea we recommend a snore appliance (oral appliance therapy). The oral appliance is a custom-made mouthpiece that shifts the lower jaw forward, opening up the airway. OAT is usually successful in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.[2]   Professionally fitted, it prevents the tongue, soft palate and the jaw from blocking your airway while you sleep, thus reducing snoring and the dangerous effects of sleep apnea.

If you or someone you know are having issues with snoring please make an appointment with our dentist for help.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

 


[1] Hirshkowitz, Max (2004). “Chapter 10, Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Sleep and Sleep Disorders (pp 315-340)”. In Stuart C. Yudofsky and Robert E. Hales, editors (Google Books preview includes entire chapter 10). Essentials of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences (4 ed.). Arlington, Virginia, USA: American Psychiatric Publishing. Retrieved 2009-12-06. “…insomnia is a symptom. It is neither a disease nor a specific condition. (from p. 322)”

[2] Machado MA, Juliano L, Taga M, de Carvalho LB, do Prado LB, do Prado GF (December 2007). “Titratable mandibular repositioner appliances for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: are they an option?”. Sleep & Breathing 11 (4): 225–31.

Alpharetta Dentist: Snoring Solutions

snoring solutions near meSnoring can be a real problem, not only for the person who snores, but for the partner and other family members who live with the snorer.  However, there are affordable and effective dentist-prescribed solutions for a more restful night’s sleep.   These affordable devices are flexible, thin and comfortable mouth guard looking devices with documented clinical success in mitigating or even preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea.

These devices position the lower jaw forward using connectors that are attached to upper and lower mouth pieces known as trays.  These trays are comprised of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is durable and should be BPA-free[1].  The appliance is designed to advance the mandible such that the bite is opened to reduce the restriction of airflow during sleep.

If you would like a consultation please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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https://therightsmile.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/dentist-sandy-springs-sleep-apnea-treatment/

 


[1] Make sure you ask for a BPA free devise, such as the one manufactured by Glidewell systems.

Dentist Sandy Springs: Diagnosing Snoring Causes

snoring2Although snoring is not harmful it can interrupt the sleep of you and your partner.  Then it becomes harmful as it relates to the rest the body needs every night.  The noise comes from the vibration of the soft tissue in the throat. A little self-diagnosis might be of help in determining the cause of your problem.  The following are some causes to look for:

  1. Allergies may interfere with your respiratory tract.  Obviously, you need to stay away from known allergens or you might need to take preventative medicines.
  2. Overweight is one of the contributing factors of snoring. Losing some weight may help reduce the fatty tissue in your airway and the pushing of your abdomen on your lungs.
  3. Avoid taking certain medicines such as antihistamines and sedatives before going to bed as they can encourage you to snore.
  4. Consider avoiding dairy products before bedtime. They can increase mucus build-up in your throat, which may lead to snoring.
  5. Smoking can cause snoring. It irritates the tissues in the throat and creates congestion in some tissues of the respiratory system. Among other reasons like oral and lung cancer, quit smoking if you want to stop snoring.
  6. Elevate your head when sleeping.  This can be accomplished by raising the headboard end of the bed, sleep on a firm mattress and utilize additional pillows to support your neck and prevent obstructions to your airway.

If you have run through these little helpful tips and you are still snoring, you might break down and ask your dentist for help.  If we can be of assistance please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles

https://therightsmile.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/sandy-springs-dentist-snoring-solutions/

https://therightsmile.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/dentist-sandy-springs-sleep-apnea-treatment/

Sandy Springs Dentist: Snoring Solutions

SnoreguardSnoring can be a real problem, not only for the person who snores, but for the partner and other family members who live with the snorer.  However, there are affordable and effective dentist-prescribed solutions for a more restful night’s sleep.   These affordable devices are flexible, thin and comfortable mouth guard looking devices with documented clinical success in mitigating or even preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea.

These devices position the lower jaw forward using connectors that are attached to upper and lower mouth pieces known as trays.  These trays are comprised of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is durable and should BPA-free[1].  The appliance is designed to advance the mandible such that the bite is opened to reduce the restriction of airflow during sleep.

If you would like a consultation please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles

https://therightsmile.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/dentist-sandy-springs-sleep-apnea-treatment/


[1] Make sure you ask for a BPA free devise, such as the one manufactured by Glidwell systems.