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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Services

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Services services offered in Tucson, AZ


Sleep apnea doesn’t just cause embarrassing and disruptive snoring; it’s a serious health condition that affects your whole-body health. A snore guard can be a simple solution. The team at Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry in Tucson, Arizona, offers this simple solution to help you — and potentially your partner — sleep more easily. Call today or use this website to book an appointment today.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Services Q&A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea causes brief and repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. Each pause lasts 10 seconds or longer, and you experience hundreds of them each night.

 

Sleep apnea happens because the muscles at the back of your throat collapse and close your airway. Your brain detects the lack of oxygen and buildup of carbon dioxide, so you wake briefly to resume normal breathing. 

 

You’re not always aware of these sleep interruptions, but they disrupt your sleep cycle. 

 

The collapse of the muscles at the back of your throat also causes vibrations that make noise when you breathe during sleep. This vibration creates the snoring sound associated with sleep apnea. 

What symptoms suggest I have sleep apnea?

In addition to frequent snoring, other common signs of sleep apnea are:

  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up with a sore throat, dry mouth, or headache
  • Choking or gasping sounds while sleeping

Sleep apnea can cause systemic health problems, like heart disease and hypertension, because it causes long-term sleep and oxygen deprivation. 

Why did I develop sleep apnea?

Men are more likely to develop sleep apnea, especially if they’re overweight. As men and women age, they’re also more vulnerable to developing sleep apnea. 

You may also have a throat and nose structure that makes you more likely to snore and develop sleep apnea. Enlarged tonsils or adenoids, deviated nasal septums, and nasal polyps contribute to a narrower throat. People with an overbite are also more likely to have sleep apnea.

How can a dentist help with sleep apnea?

At Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry, the team offers dental appliances that can be an effective solution for mild to moderate sleep apnea. These appliances are a valid alternative for anyone who finds the traditional treatment of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines impossible to tolerate.

The customized snore guards and sleep apnea appliances move your lower jaw forward, broadening your airway so air flows freely throughout the night. Some appliances gently restrain the tongue to stop it from falling back and blocking the airway. 

If you’re struggling with sleep apnea and snoring, a dental solution can help. Contact Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry to set up an appointment and find out more.