Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
A Healthy, Restful Night of Sleep
It is important to have sufficient, restful sleep every night. Just as essential as food, air, and water, sleep allows
your brain and body to revitalize for the next day. Throughout the day, your heart will take on the effects of stress.
With proper nightly rest, your heart can decompress and release the built-up stress. Lack of sleep will place a burden
on the heart with an accumulation of excessive strain on the muscle. Cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes
have been connected to a regular lack of sleep. You can also help to curb other illnesses such as hypertension, obesity,
memory loss, and diabetes by getting restful, nightly sleep. It can even slow age-related health problems!
Snoring Can Be Linked to Serious Health Conditions
Snoring can be more than just an annoyance. It often indicates a more severe health condition called sleep apnea. This
problem centers on the obstruction of the airflow into and out of the lungs. More often than not, people may not be aware
they have this problem. Not receiving sufficient oxygen throughout the night can contribute to heart disease and strokes by
increasing and sustaining high blood pressure and often resulting in premature death.
There are other negative effects from sleep deprivation. Lowered brain function and an increase in the release of stress
hormones can lead to depression. An easy solution to the problem is the use of an oral appliance to keep the airway open and
stop incessant snoring. Please ask us how we can help you and your partner start getting the sleep you deserve.
Kids Have Sleep Disorders, Too!
In fact, as many as 9 out of 10 children display symptoms that could be signs of sleep-disordered breathing. That’s why Watertown Dental Care is now a part of Healthy Start, a program that addresses sleep disorders and straightens teeth without braces. Learn more on our Healthy Start page!
A New Approach for the Elimination of Sleep Apnea
The traditional method for treating sleep apnea is a CPAP device, which stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. This
machine pumps air continually though a mask and into a person’s lungs, preventing breathing disruption. Although it provides
the necessary air flow, many patients find wearing a mask while sleeping very frustrating and stop using the CPAP.
If you have experienced this annoyance and have stopped using this device, we can provide an alternative that relieves the
problem in a more comfortable, natural way. With a small acrylic oral appliance such as the SomnoDent™, we can reposition your
jaw and tongue to keep your air passage open during sleep. Dr. Bach custom makes the device to fit your upper and lower teeth,
similar to a retainer. Results have been very positive, and this device is comfortable to wear, easy to put in, take out, and
clean, and convenient for travel. This makes it easy for you and your partner to get a good night’s rest.
To learn more about sleep apnea, also please visit www.BachSleepCenter.com.