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Can You Save My Marriage?

I’ve been married for a few weeks and haven’t slept since. My husband snores like you would not believe. I’m becoming grumpy. We had our first fight and I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have happened if I weren’t so sleep deprived. My sister said her husband used to snore and her dentist stopped it. I’m not sure how a dentist can fix that, but I’m willing to try anything.

LeeAnne S. – Colorado

LeeAnne,

First, I’ll say congratulations on your marriage! Don’t worry about the fight. All couples fight.  The important thing is to keep remembering why you love one another.

If your husband is snoring, it’s possible the cause is sleep apnea.  It has to do with the muscles relaxing at the back of his throat. A dentist who treats sleep apnea can custom fit an oral device that will gently reposition his bite so the passageway is cleared, stopping the snoring.

On top of you getting some sleep, your husband will start feeling more energetic as well.  He won’t even realize it, but sleep apnea will interrupt his breathing and sleeping pattern over and over throughout the night.

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Options If You Hate Your CPAP

I have mild sleep apnea and have been using a CPAP device for a few years. I really don’t like it. The sound scares my wife. It’s bulky, invasive, and uncomfortable. Are there options or is my wife stuck sleeping with Darth Vader?

Ben H. – Colorado

Ben,

You’re not alone in your dislike of a CPAP. We’ve heard from quite a few patients seeking an alternative.

Before your wife starts threatening you with a Jedi battle, I’d talk to a dentist familiar with sleep apnea and all the treatments available.

There is an oral device that can be used. It looks a little like a sport’s mouth guard and doesn’t make any sounds.  However, it is only viable for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

I’m assuming, because you have a CPAP, that you’ve already had a sleep study done.  That will help your dentist determine if alternative treatments will work for you.

If you haven’t had a study done. I’d highly recommend it. You can often get your insurance to cover it with a note from your doctor.

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