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Dentist in KS describes the link between Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring is nothing new. In fact, it is believed that approximately 90 million Americans suffer from snoring while sleeping. Snoring can simply be caused by the narrowing of the airway during sleep or even due to congestion. However, it may also be an indication of a much bigger problem, a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.

At East Wichita Dentist in Kansas, our dental team is well versed in assisting patients who are dealing with problem such as snoring and sleep apnea. Though many patients think of visiting their primary care physician for assistance, many are unaware that snoring and sleep apnea may be improved with a visit to a dentist.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are both caused by obstructed airways. Obstructive sleep apnea may result from a soft palate, long uvula, excess fatty tissues in the throat, the tongue falling back into the throat, or large tonsils. When the airways are blocked, patients are unable to breathe during the night, which results in many interruptions. These interruptions keep patients from reaching their restorative levels of sleep, thus not allowing them the ability to feel well-rested the next day. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea often find that they are experiencing daytime tiredness along with memory loss and issues concentrating. But the problems don't stop there-patients with obstructive sleep apnea may also be at risk for many serious medical problems including an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

It is important that patients speak with their primary care physician about any sleeping problems they have. With a proper diagnosis, patients can then discuss treatment options with their dentist. At East Wichita Dentist, we provide oral appliance therapy for both snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliance are special mouth guards which are made to keep the airways open during sleep, eliminating both snoring and the inability to breathe properly, allowing men and women to get a better night's sleep, thus improving their overall quality of life.

If you live in the Wichita community or surrounding areas, contact the team of East Wichita Dentist today to book a consultation visit and examination.
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