Sleep Apnea — When Snoring Is More Than Annoying

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Everyone makes noises in their sleep. From the occasional murmur to a rough night with some snoring, it happens. When does it become something to worry about, though? If you are snoring loudly almost every night and are feeling exhausted the next day, you may have sleep apnea. If you or a loved one is showing these signs of sleep apnea, you need to see trusted Jeffersonville, Indiana dentist Dr. Kirchner for sleep apnea treatment as soon as possible.

Understand Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is when you go through an abnormal breathing cycle at night. You fall asleep; you can’t breathe; you awake in a panic; then you breathe normally enough to fall back asleep. This happens so fast that you never truly wake up.

People can run this cycle more than two hundred times each and every night. The most common cause is when the throat muscles relax too much. Their weight presses in on the windpipe, narrowing it. Air rushing through the narrowed windpipe is what causes the snoring. Eventually, the windpipe closes entirely. You panic, which causes the muscles to tense and open the airway again.

Losing Some Sleep Is Worse Than You Thought

Think back to the last time you tried pulling an all-nighter. Remember how much fun that was? Now think about how you felt the next day. Remember that fog in your brain? When you suffer from sleep apnea, that fog never lifts. You rarely get a good night’s rest. By losing all of that sleep, you are much more likely to be fatigued, distracted, and irritable not just the next day but every day. You’re also losing oxygen by not breathing right. In fact, sleep apnea has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, hormone imbalances, weight gain, headaches, and depression. Losing a little sleep is not bad. But sleep apnea robs you of most of your sleep.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

At our Jeffersonville, Indiana dentist office, we work closely with a physician to determine if you have sleep apnea. This generally begins with an at-home sleep study. We are able to set up the sleep study for you. The physician will look at your test and offer the final diagnosis. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, we will begin a sleep apnea treatment plan in our office to help you sleep better and be healthier.

A Sleep Appliance Can Help

Dr. Kirchner works on much more than teeth. He focuses on gums, tongues, jaws, and just about anything related to the mouth. That includes breathing and sleep apnea. For your sleep apnea treatment, Jeffersonville, Indiana dentist Dr. Kirchner can create a sleep appliance made just for you. This device is worn over your teeth like a mouthguard but is smaller and more comfortable. It shifts your jaw just enough to help keep your throat muscles from relaxing too much. In turn, this can help keep your windpipe open and cut down on that awful snoring.

If you are ready for sleep apnea treatment so you can sleep normally again, call our Jeffersonville, Indiana dentist today at 812-406-0914 or use our convenient online form for your next appointment.

Tracy R.

I come in here and I was a nervous wreck. I hadn't been to a dentist in years because of finances and because I was told at 18 years old that my teeth were going to rot from the inside out and there was nothing they could do, so I gave up on my mouth. I was told that and I gave up. I come in and he ...