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Stop Snoring and Start Living

Oct 29, 2019 08:51AM
by Louise DeFelice

Snoring is a very common problem. Not only does it affect the sleep of the person snoring, it also affects the bed partner. This sleep habit is frequently dismissed as annoying and harmless; however, it could be something more. Snoring is often a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or sleep disordered breathing.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common and dangerous health condition that affects millions of people, with an estimated 90 percent of cases remaining undiagnosed. OSA occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapses during sleep, preventing the sufferer from breathing properly, if at all. Sleep apnea is characterized by loud, frequent snoring, and moments where breathing stops entirely, followed by choking or gasping for air. This lack of oxygen night after night causes low blood oxygen levels and starves our brains, heart and vital organs of the oxygen they desperately need to stay healthy and alive.

Signs and Symptoms

Since many of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea occur during sleep, it often requires a partner or family member to recognize the problem. Symptoms include:

·       Loud, frequent snoring

·       Sleeping and breathing disruptions

·       Choking or gasping for air

·       Teeth grinding

·       Frequent urination

·       Morning dry mouth

·       Morning headaches

·       Restless Leg Syndrome

·       Diabetes or pre-diabetes

·       Metabolic Syndrome

·       High blood pressure

·       Depression and anxiety

·       Excessive weight

·       Chronic fatigue

·       Large neck

·       Forgetfulness and mood changes

What Are Solutions?

While the “gold standard” for sleep apnea treatment is still considered the CPAP machine, many patients find the device intolerable. CPAPs require you to wear an oxygen mask and be hooked up to a machine while you sleep. Many people report that CPAPs are invasive, loud, bulky and uncomfortable which can create a more restless night’s sleep.

Thankfully, there is an alternative treatment. Oral appliance therapy uses a small oral device that is worn like a mouth guard during sleep. This FDA-approved device is custom-made to fit each individual’s needs. Sleep appliances work by gently shifting the lower jaw forward, which prevents the airway from collapsing, allowing the person to breathe comfortably throughout the night. These devices are often covered by medical insurance since OSA is a medical condition treatable by a properly trained dentist in sleep disordered breathing.

A simple oral appliance can restore peace in your home, allowing you to finally find the restful sleep you deserve tonight for a happier, healthier tomorrow.

Dr. Louise DeFelice is the owner and holistic dentist at DeFelice Dentistry located at 4703 N. Maple St., Spokane, WA. At DeFelice Dentistry, sleep apnea treatment is easy, affordable and highly effective. Their appliances are medical grade, BPA-free and custom made to fit each patient’s needs. For more information, call 509-850-0918 or visit
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