You’ve been saving for this trip for the past year. You are looking forward to some time away from work and spending time with the people you love.
There’s just one problem — your snoring.
You want the trip to be fun and enjoyable for everyone, but you know that sharing a hotel room means your snoring could make it hard for your family or friends to get a good night’s sleep. And that could affect the rest of the trip.
So what can you do? You can call 918-925-9687 or fill out our online form to contact our dentist office in Tulsa, OK. We can help you set up a take-home sleep study to determine if your snoring could be a symptom of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.
Our dentist, Dr. Jan Cobble, also can help with your treatment, but only if you get in touch with us at Masterpiece Smiles.
Why You Might Be Snoring
Let’s acknowledge that most people will snore at one time or another. That’s not what we are discussing today.
Instead, we are referring to patients who snore pretty much every night throughout the night. This kind of snoring is loud and persistent … and annoying to people who have to share a bed, a room, even a hallway with you.
For people with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common form of this condition), snoring occurs because your muscles relax as you fall asleep. This allows soft tissue to gradually collapse into your airway.
As this happens your breathing vibrates the tissues (which is the sound of your snoring) until your airways are completely closed. You do stop snoring at this point, but that’s because you’ve stopped breathing as well.
These kinds of stoppages can occur hundreds of times each night. Your body responds by waking you up just enough to take a few breaths. As you drift back to sleep, the cycle of snoring, stopping breathing, and waking up starts again.
This can keep you from getting deep sleep, and your snoring may be preventing your loved ones from sleeping through the night.
How To Get Tested
If you wonder if your snoring may be a bigger problem than just noise, we urge you to complete a sleep test. It’s better to know what’s happening so you can take steps to fix it.
We can provide you with a take-home study so you can use it in your own bed instead of spending the night in a sleep lab. The study will measure your breathing while you sleep.
The results of the study will help us determine if you might have sleep apnea and how serious your condition could be.
How To Get Treated
Your treatment will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea.
For patients who have severe sleep apnea, we can refer you to a sleep specialist who works with you to find the best treatment for your condition.
For patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea, we often can help you in our Tulsa, OK, dentist office. We have a few different options that could work.
The first option is an oral appliance. This is similar to a mouthguard that you wear while you sleep.
To treat obstructive sleep apnea, you need to find a way to keep your airway open while you are asleep. This will allow you to sleep deeper and reduce the volume and frequency of your snoring.
The oral appliance shifts your lower jaw forward slightly. That can help to keep your airway open overnight.
A second treatment option we offer is the NiteLase™. This is a dental laser. It’s used to tighten the tissues near the back of your throat. This can keep soft tissues from collapsing on your airway. It also helps patients breathe easier when they are awake, so they can feel more alert and energized.
Enjoy Your Vacation
Before you pack your bags, get in touch with Masterpiece Smiles by calling 918-925-9687 or by filling out our online appointment form. Let us see if we can help you and your loved ones get the rest you need to get the most from your upcoming vacation.