Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
For patients who suffer from snoring issues or possible sleep apnea, we have solutions. At Nancy Shiba, DDS, we can evaluate the situation and give you personalized recommendations. Our staff, including Dr. Shiba, can discuss options, ranging from a dental appliance to a surgical procedure, that will help you get the oxygen your heart needs while you sleep.
Why am I snoring?
Snoring is a vibration in your throat that occurs while you sleep due to the airway being blocked. Studies show that around 50% of adults over the age of 30 snore. There are various reasons that people snore. It can be due to:
Is snoring bad?
Snoring is considered a sign of a potential problem. Snoring is an indicator of blockage in your airway. This means that you may not be getting the oxygen you need while you sleep.
Does snoring mean you have sleep apnea?
Snoring is not the same problem as sleep apnea. Snoring is the vibration of tissue indicating blockage, sleep apnea is abnormal pauses in breathing while you sleep. Though snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, studies show that only 1 in 15 patients who snore have sleep apnea. However, if you are snoring loudly, causing disruption with your partner, and snoring regularly, on a nightly basis, it could very well be a sign. In addition, sometimes patients have sleep apnea and they do not snore. The best way to figure out if you suffer from sleep apnea is to pay attention to the signs. The signs include:
How can my dentist help?
Dr. Shiba can help. We can create a plan to increase your comfort, and help you breathe better while you sleep. The best way to do this is to start with the least invasive plan. We can create a customized sleep dental appliance that will put your teeth into a position to allow for easier breathing. This helps in most cases. If this device is not effective for your situation, we can discuss other avenues including the removal of excess tissue.
For more information on snoring and sleep apnea, contact our front desk at our San Jose office at (408) 479-6848, our staff is happy to answer your questions and assist you in scheduling an appointment.