Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for short periods while they are sleeping. While these periods only last for a few seconds, they can severely impact a patient’s quality of sleep. They can also lead to excessive snoring and nighttime breathing changes, which can be disturbing to both the patients and also their partners.
Sleep apnea can be caused by abnormalities in a patient’s soft palate. Other oral issues, such as jaw or tooth misalignment, can also cause this disorder. There are a variety of oral surgeries that can help to reduce sleep apnea symptoms. Oral devices, such as nightguards and oral appliances, can also reduce symptoms.
Sleep apnea is a complicated condition. There are a variety of oral issues that can cause this disorder. And of course, some people develop sleep apnea for other reasons. An oral surgeon can evaluate your mouth and help you determine if an oral issue is the cause of your sleep apnea. They can also use 3D imaging to determine the exact cause of the issue, allowing you to treat the problem most effectively.