The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 30 to 50 percent of the U.S Population snores at some point. Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction in our airway during sleep. The American Dental Association explains that this obstruction can be due do the tongue or soft tissues in the mouth. When tissues in the top of the airway hit each other, the vibration that results creates a loud noise. This could be a definite indicator or Sleep Apnea.
If you notice a consistent snoring pattern at night, mention it to your dentist. There are several things that a dental professional can do to help you through the night with sleep apnea. One of the main suggested tests is known as a polysomnogram, or sleep study. During which experts analyze your sleeping patterns and vital signs throughout the night.
Aside from a sleep study, your dentist may also recommend one of the following:
- Lose Weight. Too much weight may cause changes to the structures around the airway
- Consume little or no alcohol at night
- Reduce or eliminate the use of sedatives
- Don’t sleep on your back
Dr. Sheets has completed her certification in Sleep Dentistry and is eager to help you with your Sleep Apnea problems! If you have any questions or concerns about Sleep Dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheets today by calling (310) 832-2657.
Dr. Susan Sheets proudly accepts patients from San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Harbor City, Wilmington, Long Beach, and surrounding areas.