Another way VIP Smiles goes above and beyond a traditional dentist office is through the snoring and sleep apnea treatments we offer. Snoring can disrupt your partner’s sleep, and sleep apnea can deeply affect not only your quality of sleep but also your overall health. The VIP Smiles team is here to help!
The Story Behind Snoring
Snoring is caused by a blocked or restricted airway. In those who snore, it is often the case that their throat muscles relax as they sleep and their tongue falls backward, narrowing or obstructing their airway. As they breathe and air forces its way through this narrow passage, the walls of their throat vibrate. This vibration creates the sound we hear as snoring — the narrower the airway, the louder the snoring.
We often think of snoring as a simply irritating habit of our partner, but it can be a sign of something more serious. If the walls of the throat collapse completely, it can cut off the sleeper’s breathing, often for seconds at a time. We call this condition sleep apnea.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which someone stops breathing periodically throughout the night. Loud snoring is a common symptom, as is difficulty staying asleep during the night or difficulty staying awake during the day. As you can imagine, any situation where someone stops breathing comes with serious health concerns. Sleep apnea that goes unaddressed can not only make everyday activities a struggle because of impeded sleep, but it can also put you at higher risk for vascular disease.
Your Sleep Apnea treatments and Snoring Solution
There is a way to improve snoring and sleep apnea: custom appliances made to keep your airways open and free. These appliances hold your jaw in a certain position to prevent the airway from narrowing or collapsing, and it can prevent your tongue from falling back and accidentally blocking the passage. Doctors Shad, Clive, and Richard Ingram will ensure that the device fits comfortably and effectively!
One thing to keep in mind is that this device may require a physician’s prescription. If you are interested in pursuing snoring and sleep apnea treatments, then contact our Syracuse dentist office to learn more about the requirements for a fitting. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you to discuss your options on sleep apnea treatments with one of our dentists!
Whether our goal is to help you sleep better or regain comfort and confidence in your smile, VIP Smiles is determined to use the best technology available to make every visit and sleep apnea treatment as quick and easy as possible! We have been implementing state-of-the-art techniques, equipment, and materials here in our dentist office for more than 30 years, and we are confident that, along with our team’s dedication to patient comfort and satisfaction.