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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

snoring from sleep apnea keeping wife awakeA common sleeping disorder that many adult patients suffer with is snoring. Though snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea, it could be a symptom. Snoring is the vibration of your respiratory tissues due to an obstructed air movement while sleeping. Sleep Apnea, on the other hand, is the lack of respiratory passage, due to blockage. There will be patients who do not snore, but still suffer from sleep apnea. It is important to learn the signs and then seek treatment. At Woodland Family Dental, Dr. S. Welton and Dr. D. Welton can help with the steps necessary to breathing easier and getting the rest that you need while you sleep.

Symptoms that may indicate Sleep Apnea

There are some physical symptoms that may be trying to tell you that you suffer from sleep apnea. We ask that patients be aware of the following:
•  Often the best clue will come from your partner, they may be hearing your sleep rhythm, and the periods of time that you stop breathing.
•  A common symptom is a feeling of fatigue. Those who suffer from sleep apnea may find themselves wondering why they are always exhausted, even when they feel that they are sleeping a full 8 hours in a night. If you find that you frequently doze off during the day, or frequently sleep through tv shows, or just have constant exhaustion, sleep apnea may be the reason.
•  A frequent complaint of patients with sleep apnea are symptoms that come with a lack of sleep, besides fatigue, this may be headaches, inability to focus, irritability and moodiness.
•  Physical symptoms of snoring can signal a problem with sleep apnea, this may include a dry throat or a dry mouth when you wake.

What can I do?

There are various steps a patient can take to assist in better airflow while sleeping. Some steps are non-surgical and some are surgical. We will always recommend taking the easiest course of action first, which can be better determined after evaluation.

Non-Surgical Treatment: Following your evaluation at, Woodland Family Dental, we can offer a few options including the creation of a customized dental appliance. This device can assist in proper airflow by moving the lower jaw into a more forward position, also pulling the tongue more forward, and allowing for more space for air to flow. This device should be created under the direction of either Dr. S. Welton or Dr. D. Welton for optimum comfort and fit. Research through the ADA shows that dental appliances are a proven and effective treatment option to improve breathing while sleeping, combating sleep apnea. This dental appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep, not during the day, and it fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.

For more information on snoring, or sleep apnea and how you can combat it, contact our dentists, Sunnshine M. Welton DDS and David G. Welton DDS, at our Post Falls, ID 83854 office by contacting our front office at: (208) 254-4600

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Post Falls, ID 83854-6045


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