Mouth & Throat Exercises
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea causes the patient to stop breathing several times each night while sleeping. This significantly reduces your blood oxygen levels, increasing your chances of suffering from serious medical conditions including strokes and heart attacks.
Common sleep apnea symptoms include heavy snoring, making gasping noises while you sleep, and feeling tired, fatigued, and irritable during the day. Contact Dr. Bernard Ang at Amherst Village Dental right away if you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one — he’s an experienced sleep dentist and he’ll make sure you get the right diagnosis and treatment for your sleep apnea.
Finding the Treatment That’s Right for You
Dr. Ang has a holistic approach to dental care. We offer comprehensive care by providing treatment that enhances your overall health. That’s why we feature a number of treatment options to address snoring and sleep apnea in a variety of ways.
For example, many people obtain relief from their sleep apnea using CPAP, but others find it to be loud, restrictive, and difficult to use. Several of our patients have found relief using our convenient oral appliances.
Mouth and throat exercises are another effective treatment for sleep apnea. Dr. Ang often uses this type of therapy in conjunction with other treatments to enhance your sleep apnea care. By practicing these techniques for 30 minutes a day, you can “reduce the severity of sleep apnea, improve sleep, and ease snoring.”
A common cause of sleep apnea is when the tongue blocks the airway by falling back into the throat while you sleep. These exercises can strengthen the tongue so it will remain in place:
- Sliding your tongue backward along the roof of your mouth
- Try to touch your nose with your tongue and hold your tongue there for ten seconds
- Sucking your tongue upwards
The following throat exercises will help keep the airway open at night so you can breathe better while you sleep:
- Open your mouth and say “ah” for 20 seconds at a time
- Gargle with water
- Hold your tongue between your teeth while swallowing
Additional Activities–Singing or Playing a Woodwind Instrument
In addition to being fun and intrinsically rewarding, singing and playing a woodwind musical instrument are both effective ways to strengthen your throat muscles. These activities allow you to practice your breathing techniques and they also help relax your throat muscles.
Your Sleep Specialist in Amherst Village
Dr. Ang is a talented sleep dentist with special sleep apnea training from Tucker Educational Excellence, a recognized leader in dental sleep medicine. Call today to learn more about our advanced sleep apnea care.