November 13, 2013
One of the most common sleep problems that people can face is snoring. It’s not uncommon for family members to tease each other about another’s snoring, but sometimes it’s no laughing matter. Not only can relationships be strained by severe snoring, it can also be a sign of a larger problem—sleep apnea. Thankfully, the causes of snoring aren’t a mystery, and treatment is possible.
The Most Common Cause
In many cases, the cause of snoring can be tied to obstruction. In other words, the tongue, jaw, or the mouth’s soft tissues have relaxed to the point that the patient’s airways are blocked. The sound that you hear when someone snores is the sound of air noisily passing through the body to the lungs. That same obstruction is also what causes sleep apnea patients to stop breathing during sleep.
At Dr. Gary Radz’s office, we offer oral appliances to help patients treat both their snoring and their sleep apnea symptoms. An oral appliance is a custom-made device designed to fit over the patient’s upper and lower teeth, repositioning the jaw and tongue so that they don’t block the throat. For many patients, an oral appliance is the treatment of choice for both sleep problems and snoring.
Give Us a Call
Is snoring and sleep apnea getting in the way of your health or your relationships? Call Dr. Radz’s Denver office today for a consultation. During your visit Dr. Radz will help you understand your needs and find a treatment solution. We serve patients from Inglewood, Aurora, Lakewood, Greenwood Village, Centennial, and all surrounding areas.
September 19, 2013
Do you routinely feel tired during the day, even after going to bed early the night before? Have others noticed that you seem stressed or moody? All three of these are signs that you may be struggling with interrupted sleep as a result of sleep apnea.
Patients with this underdiagnosed condition stop breathing for 10 or more seconds during sleep. As a result, the brain sends out a signal waking them up to take a breath. Not every sleep apneapatient will wake up all the way, though; some only move to a lighter stage of sleep, which explains how a sleep apnea patient may be unaware of his or her problem.
In many cases, sleep apnea is caused by obstruction. This type is known specifically as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, orOSAS. What causes the obstruction? The most common causes include the size of the patient’s airway passages, swelling, and the position of the tongue.
After the sleep apnea patient has returned to sleep, the cycle of sleeping and waking will continue throughout the night, leading to the drowsiness, stress, and moodiness we mentioned above. Sleep apnea can also make it difficult to concentrate and cause memory loss or accidents at home, work, or behind the wheel. If left untreated, it may also cause high blood pressure, heart problems, and premature death.
But thankfully, sleep apnea is treatable. As a locally and internationally recognized dentist, Dr. Gary M. Radz can provide effective relief at his Denver dental office. CPAP is a common and universally recognized treatment, but custom-made oral sleep appliances are quickly becoming the new standard for care.
Are you worried that you might be struggling with sleep apnea?Dr. Radz of Denver can help. Call us today for an appointment. We serve patients from Inglewood, Aurora, Lakewood,Greenwood Village, Centennial, and all surrounding areas.