Snoring is an incredibly common nighttime problem, and one that many people don’t even realize they suffer from – that is, unless a tired spouse lets them know! However, while the habit may seem relatively harmless, it can actually be an indicator of a much more serious problem: sleep apnea. At its core, sleep apnea is a serious condition that directly restricts your breathing during sleep, and it can cause several problems down the road if left untreated too long. Thankfully, Dr. Robert Long and Dr. Chris Long have the solution! With dedicated sleep apnea therapy from either our Midlothian or Cleburne dental office, we can effectively curb your symptoms and restore relaxation and comfort to your nighttime routine. Here at Long Family Dental, we pledge to do whatever we can to ensure you’ll smile with confidence, and that includes helping you get the good night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of!
Here are some common symptoms of sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea has also been linked to acid reflux, a type of digestive disorder that allows stomach acid to enter your esophagus, which can cause painful damage. While studies are still being performed to determine which condition more often causes the other, it has been found that patients suffering from sleep apnea are much more likely to develop acid reflux than those who don’t. If you’ve been diagnosed with acid reflux, it may be a good idea to visit a sleep specialist as well and determine if you’re also experiencing sleep apnea. In many cases, receiving treatment for this sleep-related disorder will help combat the effects of acid reflux and vice-versa.
I’m suffering from sleep apnea! How can you help me?
Our devoted team is happy to offer patients in Midlothian, Cleburne, and beyond who suffer from sleep apnea (or even just chronic snoring) a solution to their dilemma: SomnoDent. SomnoDent is a comfortable, flexible oral appliance that will be custom made for you according to the notes we’ll take during an evaluation at one of our offices. You simply wear the device at night, and it will hold your mouth in a position that increases your upper airway volume and reduces any collapsibility, ensuring that you sleep soundly through the night. The doctors will work closely with your physician to diagnose and prescribe the proper treatment for you. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have a CPAP machine you do not use, ask us about oral appliance therapy."
Don’t let a lack of sleep keep you from sharing your beautiful smile with the world – come into Long Family Dental today to take part in our dedicated sleep apnea therapy! Dr. Robert Long and Dr. Chris Long love providing patients with comprehensive care that puts their comfort first each and every time they come in. Contact either our Midlothian or Cleburne office today to schedule an appointment.