SNORING & SLEEP APNEA
What Causes Snoring?
The relaxation of mouth and throat tissue that occurs while sleeping causes your airway to become smaller. If the airway becomes small enough, the soft tissues of the throat begin to vibrate with inhaling and exhaling — the result is snoring. While not all those who snore have sleep apnea, snoring can be a symptom of a much more serious condition. Dr. Hovden has helped patients throughout the San Francisco area stop snoring, providing a better night’s sleep for the patient and their sleeping partner.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the relaxation during sleep causes the airway to completely collapse, blocking airflow into the lungs. The brain then has to startle you awake so that you will begin to breath again, often with a gasp or choke. This can occur frequently throughout the night, with sleep apnea episodes lasting for long periods of time.
The Impact of Sleep Apnea on Your Health
When the airflow is blocked, the brain and body are deprived of oxygen. People with mild sleep apnea may stop breathing only a few times an hour. In cases of severe sleep apnea, breathing can stop hundreds of times a night. Often the patient is unaware of the frequent night awakenings when they get up in the morning.
Sleep Apnea can contribute to the following health conditions:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Poor job performance
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Weight gain
- Gastric reflux
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Slow metabolism
- Inability to lose weight
- Heightened anxiety
- Heavy snoring
- Poor short term memory
- Impaired concentration
New Technology for Sleep Apnea Treatment – ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY
Similar to a sports mouth guard, the oral appliance is a custom fit mouth piece. There are a variety of appliance options to best meet your individual needs. Some fit over the lower and upper teeth. Others fit over the just the lower teeth. The appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position so the tongue and soft tissues of the throat won’t collapse, causing snoring and sleep apnea. It’s important to see an expert trained in oral appliance therapy, such as San Francisco sleep apnea specialist Dr. Ken Hovden, in order to get the best appliance to treat your sleep apnea and help you breathe right and stop snoring.
Contact Us to Stop Snoring and Sleep Better
If you or someone you love needs help to stop snoring or breathe right during sleep, contact the Daly City office of Dr. Kenneth Hovden DDS today at 415-494-8293 or send the simple form on this page for a complimentary consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy.
Dr. Hovden and his staff are eager to provide solutions for sleep apnea at our Daly City office in the San Francisco area. If you are interested in other dental procedures, Dr. Hovden also offers a wide range of dental services, including dental implant procedures, and cosmetic porcelain veneers!