If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may suffer from snoring and/or sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when air passes by oversized or relaxed soft tissues on its way to and from the lungs. Not all snorers have sleep apnea, but many sleep apnea patients snore. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs when breathing stops for 10 seconds or longer repeatedly during a sleep session. Snoring and sleep can interfere with good sleep, but sleep apnea poses greater problems. Sleep apnea patients face a 30% greater risk of heart attack, for instance. Proper diagnosis of sleep apnea requires a formal sleep study. If you show symptoms, Dr. Scott can refer you to a trusted sleep lab for diagnosis.
Whether you snore or have sleep apnea, a simple oral appliance called a snoreguard may solve your problems. Snoreguards are custom-made mouthpieces that adjust the position of your mouth so soft tissues can block airflow. Dr. Scott has treated snoring and sleep apnea since 1989. He currently prescribes SomnoMed and the TAP III appliance most often. Simply wear your snoreguard while you sleep, and you may immediately begin to enjoy the deep, satisfying rest you’ve missed. As your trusted family dentist, Dr. Scott wants to give you a high quality of life and a reason to smile.