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Snoring is Dangerous not Humorous

While it may seem humorous to some, chronic snoring could be a sign, a sign of something worse. That something is obstructive sleep apnea.

The team from Chittenden Dental is dedicated to the health and well-being of your family’s health, including the one who snores.

Not All OSA Suffers Snore

While not everyone who snores has obstructive sleep apnea, snoring is one of the most common signs when it comes to OSA.

Obstructive sleep apnea is something that affects people of every age, including kids. Thankfully, most children outgrow the condition, especially if they have tonsils and adenoids removed.

High Risk Category

People with a large neck size and people who are obese or overweight are in the high risk category for OSA.

Post-menopausal women and certain medications can also lead to obstructive sleep apnea.

Chronic drug, alcohol and tobacco use is also a problem when it comes to obstructive sleep apnea risks.

Help for Mild to Moderate OSA

If you follow Dr. Mike Morris’ blog you will have told your friends about OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. You may even suffer from it yourself.

If you are unaware, this disorder stops breathing for a few seconds before the person wakes himself or herself up to breathe. One can only envision what this does to a person’s sleeping patterns.

If this is your first time reading the Chittenden Dental Blog, it’s important to note that OSA can be deadly if left untreated.

While the most common treatment is CPAP therapy, there are alternatives when it comes to obstructive sleep apnea treatment.

CPAP Therapy

CPAP Therapy works, but does come with uncomfortable consequences, for some anyway. Because the hose and mask keep the passage ways open with forced air it can be loud. CPAP machines are also known to be notoriously uncomfortable and difficult to travel with.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring

Oral appliance therapy involves custom made mouth guards or custom made mouth splints that gently keep the mouth open while the OSA sufferer sleeps. This type of therapy is perfect for some, but doesn’t always work.

For those who have been unsuccessful with mouth guards and splints, your oral appliance therapist recommends MAGO therapy.

MAGO, short for Maxillary Anterior Guided Orthotic, a MAGO is much like custom  made night guards,  and an orthodontic splint or mouth guard that helps relax the muscles in your neck and face.

Get Help for Snoring

If snoring is an issue in your household, call or send a text and talk to a team member from Chittenden Dental today.

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