What is Sleep Apnea – and Why Do Dentists Care How Much Sleep I Get?

Have any of these things happened to you?

  1. You’re in the middle of sleep, only to awake gasping for air. This happens several times throughout the night, and even though you make it back to sleep, the next day you don’t feel rested.
  2. Loved ones comment that when you snore, it is very loud. Some of these factors leave you tired, while others may be embarrassing.

If so, it’s possible you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea. More than 6% of Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea. That’s 36,990 people who have some degree of sleep apnea –in Boise alone!

This condition is treatable however. Royce and Wagner – the dentists behind Modern Dental in Boise, have the answers.

Sleep Apnea in a Nutshell

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions the respiratory system?

Usually, it’s the lungs. However, breathing also involves airflow from your mouth and nose, going through the throat and esophagus, all the way down to your lungs.

Sleep apnea comes from when your tongue, or other soft tissue around the throat, blocks your airflow during sleep.

Many different factors contribute to sleep apnea:

  • Gender (men tend to get it more)
  • Weight
  • Age
  • Tongue Size and neck thickness
  • Smoking
  • Sleeping Position

At our Boise dental office, you’ll learn what is causing your sleep apnea. You can gain tools and simple changes that give you better sleep, reduce your snoring, and allow your body to recover for the next day. You may not even need to change the position you sleep in.

If you’re one of the nearly 37,000 people in Boise who would like to stop waking up gasping for air in the middle of the night, get some help! You can learn more about sleep apnea right here on our website. Or, feel free to give us a call and Dr. Royce or Dr. Wagner will be glad to assist you.

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