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Sleep Apnea

Snoring Disorders

Sleep Apnea Studies Moore County NCIf you’ve ever been kicked out of bed for snoring too much or too loudly, or if your snoring is disrupting your sleep patterns, you may have something called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea comes in two forms. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when your windpipe is blocked while sleeping. The blockage can be from your uvula, tonsils, tongue, throat tissue or even by the muscles in your throat.

A more rare form of sleep apnea is caused by disruption of your central nervous system. The signals from your brain that control your breathing don’t reach the appropriate places.

Regardless of which type of sleep apnea you have, what happens is that you stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, several times a night while you sleep. This causes you to wake up, which disrupts your sleep and prevents you from getting the quality deep sleep your body needs to function at its best.

While you cannot die directly from sleep apnea, it can cause heart disease, strokes and other debilitating conditions.

Breathe easier, more comfortable than a C-PAP Machine

Dentists are known for everything having to do with teeth. So, how can a dentist help you stop snoring and improve your sleep?

Treatments in the past have relied on the bulky C-PAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device. Now, there are lightweight, comfortable dental devices that realign your jaw in a more forward position, which helps you to breathe easier and sleep more soundly. Your own custom-fitted mouthpiece requires only one office visit.

This pliable, custom-fitted dental appliance fits in your mouth and is much easier to war at night, eliminating the hoses, pumps, masks and loud sounds of a C-PAP device. And, it’s portable! Just slip it in your pocket or purse and take it with you anywhere.

The dental mouthpiece is covered by most Medical Insurance plans – even if you already have a C-PAP device!

Call Dr. Ridge at 910-695-3100 to start breathing easier and sleeping better!

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