If you snore at night, you know that it can be disruptive to both your sleep and your loved ones’ sleep. In addition to being bothersome, snoring can signal a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by interruptions and pauses in your breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, which are typically the result of your tongue rolling back in your mouth or collapsing tissues in your airway. Snoring is also caused by airway obstructions during sleep. Snoring, irritability, excessive daytime drowsiness, difficulty focusing, and difficulty staying asleep (insomnia) are common symptoms of sleep apnea. To treat sleep apnea and minimize snoring, our skilled dentists at Stillwater Family Dental may recommend an oral appliance that you wear over your teeth while you sleep. Snore guards and sleep apnea appliances work by preventing obstructions in your airway at night. We will ensure that your snore guard or sleep apnea appliance fits your smile comfortably, allowing you to get a good night’s rest. For more information on snoring and sleep apnea treatment in Stillwater, Minnesota, please call or visit our comfortable dental office today. We are dedicated to meeting all of your needs.