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Sleep Apnea and Snoring

People that are suffering from sleep apnea experience periods where they stop breathing throughout their sleep. Individuals may experience a few episodes to hundreds of episodes where they stop breathing during sleep. The stopping of breath while sleeping is a dangerous condition that requires diagnosis and treatment.


The obstruction of the breath, especially during sleep, can cause other health ailments such as fatigue, high blood pressure, or other heart issues. In addition, a partner can experience side effects from loss of sleep as well. A significant contributor to a partner's loss of sleep and fatigue is the other individual's snoring. Snoring caused by airway obstruction can be loud and intrusive in gaining a restful night's sleep.

 Is It Only Snoring?

We can experience snoring during sleep. Whether it is from congestion or alcohol consumption, snoring disrupts sleep. To determine if snoring is related to blocked airways or simply the harsh or horse vibrations of air passing the tissues in the throat, a doctor will need to do a thorough examination. Snorers can find it challenging to determine the root cause of their snoring on their own. Assistance from a dental professional is vital in determining if the snoring is due to how the tongue fits into a person's jaw. If the jaw is undeveloped, the tongue will block the airway as an individual lays down to sleep. The blockage of the airway by the tongue can cause snoring along with the stopping of breath.

If snoring is preventing a refreshing night's sleep, Dr. Buck can help!

 Finding Relief From Sleep Apnea

While snoring can be a common issue, the following symptoms may result from OSA (obstructive sleep apnea):

  • Pauses of breath during sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Gasping or choking at night
  • High blood pressure

If an individual is experiencing any of the above symptoms in addition to snoring, contact Dr. Buck today! After performing a sleep study, treatment may include the application of Oral Appliance Therapy. Oral Appliance Therapy consists of using an oral device that prevents the tongue from blocking the airways. Additionally, these oral devices will prevent snoring! If curious about what might be causing the unbearable snoring, contact Dr. Buck to discuss testing for obstructive sleep apnea. 

 Contact Us

Snoring can be innocent or a sign of something much more severe. Pay attention to the symptoms and signs outlined above to better differentiate between the two. Treatment for airway obstruction requires a diagnosis from a professional and a multi-faceted approach in treating the symptoms and causes of obstructed airways. Dr. Buck of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics specializes in TMJ treatment making his office an excellent resource in finding a restful night's sleep. For more information on Dr. Buck's practice and the treatment options he provides, please schedule an appointment or call us today at 206-316-8286.

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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