Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
You may wonder why you're reading about snoring in a dental blog, but the fact is that we dentists not only take care of your teeth and gums, we're also here to help you get a good night's sleep! In fact, I just completed a course on sleep apnea, which is where a person has frequent episodes throughout the night in which he or she stops breathing. People with sleep apnea also tend to snore heavily, and that's what I'd like to address in this article.
I learned that snoring is a problem that may affect as much as 37 percent of the adult population. It's reported that 50 percent of adult males snore, and of this 50 percent, 10 percent have sleep apnea. The course that I completed qualified me to address dental solutions for snoring and sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy, a medically recognized treatment.
If you snore, or cohabitate with someone who does, you should know that snoring can be triggered by a number of different factors, from enlarged tonsils or adenoids to your diet, health, lifestyle, age, weight, environment and other seemingly unrelated causes. Snoring is also associated with sleep apnea, as mentioned above, and with cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, which can lead to a stroke.
Snoring is produced when the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, making your airway smaller. The decrease in airway space increases the velocity of air flowing through the airway during breathing, which causes vibrations in the soft tissues of the mouth and throat, producing the "snoring" sound.
Our snoring solution comes in the form of a simple mouthpiece, which prevents the lower jaw from falling back and/or your tongue from dropping back towards the back of your throat while you're sleeping, therefore helping to keep your airway open.
You owe it to yourself, and to your partner too, to ask us about a custom-made snoring appliance that can provide a peaceful solution to your noisy nights. Please feel free to call our office at 734-425-4530 or ask me at your next dental visit!
Do you experience constant headaches? Earaches and ringing in the ears? Pain, or clicking noises in your jaw? You may suffer from a temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
How do you sleep? Do you wake up tired, or is your sleep partner fatigued from staying awake due to your snoring? You may have sleep apnea.
Do you have diabetes? Diabetics require more frequent dental attention.
And how's your social life? If people step back or turn away when you get close to them to talk, you could have a problem with halitosis - commonly known as bad breath.
These common problems are only some of the many that Dr. Joboulian can help you with.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) affects over 10 million people in North America. The temporomandibular joint, located in the front of the ear, allows us to open and close our mouths and move our jaws. If a person grinds or clenches their teeth, they can sometimes trigger TMD. Symptoms may include pain in the head, face, jaw neck and shoulders, earaches or ringing in the ears. Ask us about a dental appliance that may help.
Sleep Apnea is a potentially dangerous condition where a person has frequent episodes throughout the night in which he or she stops breathing. People with sleep apnea also tend to snore heavily. Consider visiting a sleep clinic, and talk to us about a dental appliance to keep your airway open and your breathing steady. Make sure to ask Dr. Joboulian about his experience and positive outcome he received from visiting a sleep clinic.
Diabetics tend to have a higher than average risk of periodontal (gum) disease. Bacteria thrive in the mouths of diabetics when there are high glucose levels present, and this increased level of bacteria, in conjunction with the patient's reduced ability to resist infection, can lead to an increased risk of gum disease.
Halitosis, or bad breath, can come from a number of different sources - a dry mouth, bacterial decomposition of food particles in and around your teeth, and foods that contain certain sulfur compounds. Halitosis may also reflect medical conditions - from regurgitation problems to chronic infections in the lungs to kidney and liver failure. Most everyday bad breath, however, can be controlled with good dental hygiene, and maintaining regular dental checkups so that we can check for periodontal disease - a treatable cause of bad breath - during your routine exam.