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Sleep Apnea & Snoring

If you snore, you don’t have to live with restless nights and an irritable sleeping partner any longer. Dr. Carroll has studied obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, and he offers a comfortable oral appliance to correct these problems.

What is Snoring?

The sound of snoring occurs when inhaled and exhaled air vibrates the loose, soft tissues in the mouth and throat. Many people who have obstructive sleep apnea snore, but not all snoring is associated with sleep apnea. The soft tissues in your mouth can vibrate when they are in an awkward position. That’s why resting on your side may alleviate snoring, at least temporarily.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea has two forms, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the type Dr. Carroll can treat. OSA occurs when the soft tissues of the mouth completely block airflow for 10 seconds or longer. This can happen repeatedly, up to hundreds of times, each night. When your body does not breathe, your brain stimulates consciousness – you wake up slightly or fully – to reinitiate breathing. Some patients awaken abruptly, coughing or choking or gasping for air.

Why is Sleep Apnea a Problem?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes many problems and risks to your health.

  • Daytime fatigue and drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Low energy, poor productivity
  • Increased risk for heart attack

Who’s at Risk for OSA?

Overweight individuals and men tend to be more prone to obstructive sleep apnea. However, people of all genders and ages can develop the condition.

What’s the Solution?

If you think you have OSA or a snoring problem, Dr. Carroll will refer you to a lab for a sleep study. The results will tell us the extent of your condition. Many people use a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) to alleviate OSA, but some patients cannot tolerate the noise, confinement, or bulkiness of the machine. If you are CPAP intolerant, you have another option. Dr. Carroll fabricates custom oral appliances called sleep guards or night guards. Simply wear your comfortable night guard while you sleep, and it will hold your mouth in a position that will not allow your soft tissues to collapse and block airflow.

How Do I Get Started?

Call Dr. Carroll’s Louisville dental office today to schedule your consultation. The dentist will review your symptoms and discuss appropriate treatment for your condition. You deserve sound sleep and improved quality of life. We’ll help you get there!

We Want To Meet You!

Schedule your visit with Dr. Carroll, and prepare to enjoy yourself. Our Louisville dental office serves patients in the Shelbyville, Crestwood, LaGrange, and Shepherdsville areas – and beyond. Get started on the path to a stunning smile and healthy mouth today!

7513 New Lagrange Rd., Louisville, KY 40222 USA
Dr. Patrick M Carroll Dr. Patrick Carroll at Smiles by Carroll in Louisville, KY offers Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. (502) 423-7868 (502) 327-7446