The Problem of Snoring
Snoring can result from a number of things, and in many cases, it isn’t something that people worry about treating. In fact, many consider it natural. However, the truth is that the sound of snoring is a warning that your breathing has become obstructed while you sleep, making it harder for you to receive oxygen. In cases where snoring is caused by oral tissues blocking your airway, it might also stop you from breathing altogether—a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you have sleep apnea, then you should schedule a dental examination as soon as possible to determine if you can benefit from custom snoring and sleep apnea treatment.
Understanding and Treating Sleep Apnea
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and diagnosing the condition may require the help of a sleep expert (or team of experts). However, Dr. Bailey can help you gauge the likelihood that sleep apnea is the cause behind your snoring with a comprehensive oral examination. If you do have sleep apnea, then we can custom-design a comfortable oral appliance that you can wear while you sleep. The appliance helps keep your airway open and clear to prevent blockage that can stop you from breathing, and it may help you avoid having to rely on the cumbersome continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.
Get Treatment for Your Snoring and Sleep Apnea
If you snore, you might be surprised to learn that you have sleep apnea, and even more surprised to learn that your dentist may offer your best choice for treating it. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bailey by calling Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.