By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
March 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   Snoring  

Find out how our dental team can help you get a better night’s rest.

Sleep apnea and snoring are two common problems that can greatly impact the quality of your sleep. Not only this, but obstructive sleep apnea actually causes people to stop breathing throughout the night, which can put them at risk for serious health complications including heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Fortunately, our Glastonbury, CT, dentist, Dr. Steven Hinchey, has helped many patients manage their snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.

Read on to learn more about snoring, sleeping apnea, and how we can help.

Does snoring mean I have sleep apnea?

No, not necessarily; however, the majority of people with sleep apnea also snore. In fact, this symptom alone is usually the reason people seek medical attention. If your snoring is affecting your sleep or the sleep of those in your household it is worth it to have it checked out. After all, it’s possible that your snoring could be caused by sleep apnea.

My snoring isn’t sleep apnea related. Should I still be concerned?

Even if your sleep doctor tells you that your snoring isn’t the result of sleep apnea, you should still be concerned about this nocturnal habit. After all, chances are good that snoring is impacting the quality of your sleep. You may find yourself waking up often throughout the night, due to tossing and turning. If so, our dental team may be able to help you get your snoring under control so you can finally get better-quality sleep.

How can a dentist help me manage sleep apnea symptoms?

The goal of sleep apnea treatment is to prevent obstructions or blockages of the airways, which can cause pauses in breathing throughout the night. The way in which our South Glastonbury, CT, dentist treats sleep apnea is with oral appliance therapy.

We custom make this special dental device, which you will wear in your mouth like you would a mouthguard; however, the appliance is lightweight, comfortable, and only worn while you are asleep. When worn, the device shifts the jaws in a forward position, helping keep the airways open and preventing the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing. Oral appliance therapy can be an ideal option for those suffering from disruptive snoring, as well as those with mild-to-moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

Concerned? Give us a call

If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, having a dentist right here in South Glastonbury, CT, that understands how to get your symptoms under control can be a relief. If you are wondering whether oral appliance therapy is right for you, then call Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine today at (860) 633-6518.