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Is It Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

How your dentists in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts can help treat sleep apnea.

Nearly everyone has had problems with snoring at one time or another. So how do you know when it’s just snoring and not something more serious, like sleep apnea?

It turns out there are major differences, and the amazing thing is, you can get relief from sleep apnea, thanks to your dentist! The dentists at The Greater Attleboro Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts offer comprehensive dental services, including treatment for sleep apnea.

You may be suffering from sleep apnea if you notice:

  • Waking up suddenly with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Having a sore throat in the morning when you wake up
  • Having chronic headaches in the morning
  • Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, you could be suffering from sleep apnea, which is a serious condition that could shorten your life.

Sleep apnea occurs because the tissue at the back of your throat relaxes and blocks your airway while you sleep. The blockage results in less oxygen flowing to your vital organs, including your brain and heart. Eventually, sleep apnea can cause memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease, a stroke, heart failure, and other serious medical conditions.

The most common treatment for sleep apnea has been a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine. Many people found it uncomfortable to wear, difficult to clean, and experienced bacterial sinus infections. Your dentist has a better solution. It’s known as an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. It’s a simple dental appliance you wear at night. The appliance holds your lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open while you sleep. The appliance is comfortable, portable, and very easy to clean and maintain.

It’s time to say goodbye to sleep apnea and hello to a night of beautiful, restful sleep, thanks to the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance and the services of your dentist.

To find out more about sleep apnea signs, symptoms, and treatment, call The Greater Attleboro Center for Dental Sleep Medicine at (508) 699-9550.

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