The Facts About Sleep Apnea, Snoring, & Bruxism:
Does your spouse complain about your snoring?
Do you constantly feel tired?
Are you grinding your teeth at night?
These simple problems can indicate SERIOUS health concerns…
- Sleep disturbances can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke.
- Partners of snorers typically lose an hour or more of sleep per night.
The noise level of snoring averages 60 decibels and can approach 80 or 90 decibels. (The noise of normal speech is 60 decibels. A passing freight train is 90 decibels.)
- Snoring may indicate a disorder called sleep apnea. (apnea-a 10+ second period without breathing)
- Sufferers of sleep apnea may have 5 or more incidents of breathing stoppage per hour of sleep.
- Approximately half of those with high blood pressure also suffer from sleep apnea.
- Sleep apnea sufferers have a high incidence of bruxism (grinding or clenching teeth). This added stress on the teeth, jaw joint and chewing muscles can result in pain and damage of your teeth and can be a cause of painful TMJ related problems.
Treatment Of Sleep Problems:
Many of our patients have opted for the use of an oral appliance in the treatment of sleep apnea due to their issues with CPAP/masks or for the convenience of travel.
There are many, many appliances used to treat sleep apnea and snoring. Some are one piece, some two but all work similarly; they hold the lower jaw forward during sleep. This brings the tongue slightly forward and in patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea (less than 30 apnea events/hr), works quite predictably.
Dr. Hensley uses a number of different appliances in practice. They are durable, effective and are among the most popular devices available.
Dr Hensley has been working with patients using these appliances for about 15 years and has a high rate of success. He sees patients on a regular basis to get them started and accustomed to the appliance, and he is readily available if and when they have additional needs.
When Dr Hensley and the patient agree that the symptoms have improved, he refers them back to their sleep physician for evaluation to confirm the resolution of the apnea issues.
If you are interested in an oral appliance or have additional questions, please contact our office to set up a consultation with Dr Hensley.