Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues of your mouth and throat collapse into your airway causing a blockage. A blocked airway can be like suffocating while causing there to be a lack of oxygen to reach your bloodstream. These blockages can happen several times a night, and while it may not cause you to fully wake up, it can disrupt your sleep cycle. Sleep apnea can sound like simple snoring with additional gasps for air. When do you know if your snoring is just snoring or if is a warning sign of OSA?
Is My Snoring a Sign of Sleep Apnea?
Obesity, allergies or other sinus problems, advanced age, or alcohol consumption can all be causes of snoring. Simple snoring can partially block the airway, which is what causes the sound of snoring. Because obstructive sleep apnea can cause complete blockages to your airway, OSA is marked by large gasps for air. You can talk to your doctor or dentist about your snoring to get help determining the source of the issue.
Health Risks From Ignoring OSA
If your body undergoes nightly stress from multiple bouts of suffocation during sleep, it can affect your health. Your heart may become accustomed to the low amount of oxygen in your bloodstream, and then start regulating your blood differently all the time. This can lead to high blood pressure, which increases your chances of stroke and heart disease. Sleep apnea can also increase your risk for developing diabetes. Because OSA impacts the amount of restful sleep you get, it can also lead to moodiness, weight gain, and drowsiness. Treating sleep apnea can lower your health risks.
Snoring could be a sign of something serious.
Could your snoring be a sign of sleep apnea? If you would like to schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield, TX and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.