Adequate rest and sleep are central to your overall health. You require sleep the same way you require air, water, and food. It is critical that your brain and body have the rest they demand to re-boot every single day. Lack of sleep can afflict your heart by overburdening the muscle with excessive strain and stress. Heart attacks, strokes, cardiovascular disease, and – in severe circumstances – death have all been associated with sleep disorders.
Your body, especially your heart, collects stress throughout the day. When you ultimately rest at night, your heart slows down and starts to decompress, releasing the stresses it has amassed. Your blood pressure decreases, and the pace of age-related disease contributors drops considerably. Your body needs this time to recoup and gain enough energy to face another day. In sleep, your brain and body rejuvenate themselves. You can curtail illnesses such as obesity, hypertension, memory loss, and diabetes. Please see "Can mouth breathing hurt my health?" in our FAQ.
Frequently, snoring is a symptom of a more critical health concern, identified as sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea contend with a blockage in their airway. Unfortunately, they usually don't know they have a problem. The obstruction inhibits them from obtaining oxygen consistently throughout the night. Those inflicted with sleep apnea experience higher blood pressure, which is a crucial risk factor contributing to heart disease and strokes. In addition, sleep deprivation can have damaging effects on the function of your brain, escalating stress hormones and leading to depression.
Even if you have only minor sleep apnea, being fitted with an oral appliance can result in the lessening or even the termination of snoring. This could be a fabulous gift to your partner!
The standard treatment for sleep apnea has been the CPAP device, and it remains the primary means for controlling moderate to severe sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. A patient is fitted with a mask attached to a machine via tubes that sends a constant stream of air into the patient's nose or mouth throughout the night. However, many people find this annoying and they stop wearing the mask.
If you have sleep apnea and can't stand or are exasperated with your CPAP, we can provide you with a different form of treatment. Dr. de Bruin can custom fit you with an oral appliance such as the SomnoDent™ or MicrO2™. These are small acrylic devices that slip over the upper and lower teeth much like an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. These gently adjust the position of your tongue and jaw to open your airway and permit more air flow to your lungs as you sleep. They are simple to insert, quick to remove, a snap to clean, and convenient for travel. These devices are remarkably comfortable and have an outstanding success rate for easing sleep apnea and snoring.
Snoring and sleep apnea don't have to fill your nights. Click the Online Scheduling button or call today at (775) 826-1838 for a no-cost/no-obligation consultation.