Most people don’t think about visiting the dentist to cure snoring, but Jacksonville dentist Dr. Donald Alexander offers comfortable, convenient treatment options to alleviate the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Alexander is the founder of The Sleep Therapy Center of North Florida and among the few dentists in Jacksonville area with the advanced training and experience to diagnose and treat sleep apnea conditions as well as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
Millions of Americans snore. In some cases, simple lifestyle changes can prevent or lessen snoring. These remedies include sleeping on your side instead of on your back, avoiding alcohol and sedatives at bedtime, and maintaining a healthy weight.
For others, snoring is an indication of a more serious problem called Sleep Apnea. Those who suffer with sleep apnea actually stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep because of a blockage in the airway. Generally, the blockage is caused by a collapse of the soft tissue in the back of the mouth or throat.
Dr. Alexander treats these patients using oral appliance therapy. An oral appliance, known as a snore guard, is custom made to be comfortable and discreet. The purpose of the snore guard is to keep the airway open by repositioning the jaw and tongue, preventing a collapse from occurring.
Snore Guard vs. CPAP
While the CPAP is widely regarded as the gold standard treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, it is not well tolerated by all patients. On the other hand, a dental appliance is easy to wear, quiet and portable. Patients who have tried both treatments usually say that the snore guard is more comfortable and therefore they are more likely to use it every night. After all, if you don’t use it, it can’t help.
Schedule a Consultation
If snoring or sleep apnea is affecting you or your partner, Dr. Alexander is experienced in treating snoring and sleep apnea and may be able to help. Call 904.372.8157 or request an appointment online.