Sleep Apnea & SomnoDent®
If you’re constantly waking up tired and moody, you might be experiencing sleep apnea, a condition during which breathing stops for periods of 10 seconds or longer, interrupting the deep restorative sleep you need each night. Lack of adequate breath during sleep reduces airflow causing the brain to tell the body to wake up and breathe. In some cases, sleep apnea patients only move into a lighter stage of sleep, while other times, patients wake completely.
Sleep apnea not only causes annoying symptoms like daytime sleepiness and a lack of concentration, it also carries serious risks including memory loss, high blood pressure, heart problems, even a risk of premature death. If your loved one tells you that you snore loudly or you suspect sleep apnea is the culprit behind your stress and lack of energy, talk to Dr. Schlenoff. Non-surgical dental appliances have proven more effective than surgery for many sleep apnea patients and our practice offers SomnoDent® sleep appliances.
SomnoDent® Sleep Appliances
A SomnoDent® appliance works by repositioning the tongue, holding the lower jaw forward, increasing three dimensional space, and reducing air velocity. By enlarging space for airflow, oral appliances eliminate snore-causing vibrations and allow oxygen to reach your brain. The result is a deeper, snore-free sleep. We offer SomnoDent® oral appliances because they are:
- Comfortable. Your appliance will be custom made based on models we provide of your teeth.
- Flexible. The materials used to create your appliance allow for subtle jaw movements, which will prevent morning jaw stiffness.
- Thin. You won’t have to worry about a bulky, uncomfortable appliance with SomnoDent®.
According to experts, sleep apnea is an under-diagnosed condition that affects more men than women. SomnoDent® may be the right appliance to alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms and improve your quality of life. It’s just another way Dr. Schlenoff can help you smile.