Snoring is more than a nuisance, it may be a real danger to your health. Snoring interrupts oxygen flow and disturbs your sleep, leading to fatigue and daytime sleepiness. Snoring can also be an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition often caused by the tongue falling back into the throat and blocking the airway. Up to 25% of adults have sleep apnea, and most are unaware of the problem. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing at night and can have a devastating effect on your health. Suffering from sleep apnea may lead to heart attack, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and death.
Some people may already know they have obstructive sleep apnea and are experiencing difficulty using a CPAP device at night. A convenient solution to sleep apnea is a SomnoDent MAS or similar oral appliance designed to gently move the jaw forward, thereby opening the airway. This small device is comfortable, unobtrusive, and effective at treating snoring and sleep apnea so that you can get back to a good night’s rest. Dr. Lawson has had great success with patients using these custom-made nighttime sleep appliances.