Snoring can be embarrassing. It can also be a burden on your family or your partner, if your snoring keeps them up at night. Snoring can be much more than an inconvenience; It can also be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that cause serious health complications. a breathing issue that can seriously complicate your health. Sleep apnea blocks your airway during your sleep which puts your body into stress putting you at risk for health problems. It can also interrupt your sleep each night preventing you from getting restful, restorative sleep. Treatment is possible for sleep apnea and it can be treated by your dentist.
Simple Snoring or Sleep Apnea?
Snoring occurs when the soft tissue in your throat partially blocks your air passages, and causes a vibration that creates a sound. Snoring can be caused by sinus conditions, allergies, or a common cold. Overweight people also tend to snore due to the excess soft tissue. Sleep apnea is a condition where the airways are blocked for long enough that it causes a bit of suffocation. Your body must wake up in order to clear the blockage and breathe. The waking up is usually not enough that you consciously notice. The body can be deprived of oxygen for periods of up to ten seconds multiple times a night.
Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep cycle. This lack of restful sleep can leave you drowsy and irritable throughout the day. Sleep deprivation may cause changes in your hormones or lead to depression or obesity. The tiny suffocations caused by sleep apnea can also increase your blood pressure and increase your risk for stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Your Dentist Can Treat Sleep Apnea
Your dentist can create a custom-fitted insert can be provided, which will help keep your airways clear during sleep. By preventing these blockages, your sleep will be uninterrupted lowering your risk of developing health complications.
Is your snoring a sign of sleep apnea?
It is important to treat sleep apnea to protect your health. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.