Is Snoring Making You Sick? Health Risks of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

June 27, 2014

Snoring is much more than an annoying habit.  If you have been told you snore, you might not realize that it is often a symptom of a more serious health condition- sleep apnea. 

 

Often associated with some serious health concerns, sleep apnea is treatable.  If you are tired of getting kicked in the shin at night, tired of sleeping on the couch, or just tired of being tired all the time- read this blog!

 

Serious Health Risks Associated With Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep apnea is defined as intermittent periods of not breathing while asleep.  It occurs when the soft tissues of the airway relax and collapse, blocking the exchange of air in the lungs.  In severe cases, sleep apnea can cause serious complications. 

 

Most people with sleep apnea experience a mild to moderate form, which has been attributed to a number of health problems and can lead to poor health.  Some of these are:

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Stroke

  • Heart attack

  • Depression

Apneic periods during sleep disrupt normal sleep patterns, causing you to wake up briefly many times per night.  You may not remember waking up during the night.  When you are awakened during certain phases of the sleep cycle, it can prevent you from spending enough time in deep, restful sleep leading to sleep deprivation. 

 

When you do not get enough restful sleep during the night, you will feel tired during the day no matter how many hours you spent “asleep” the night before.  In addition, the strain on your body can lead to the systemic health problems described above. 

 

Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea

 

Traditional treatment of snoring and sleep apnea involves a special sleeping mask called a C-Pap machine.  The machine is used at night to provide a continual flow of air into the lungs.  Many patients complain that the C-Pap machine is bulky, uncomfortable and noisy.  For that reason, it can be difficult to be compliant with the use of such a device.

 

Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea

 

Your Carrollton dentist can help with snoring and treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea.  A custom made device, similar to a dental night-guard can be constructed which effectively respositions the lower jaw, helping to maintain an open airway during sleep. 

 

Patients who use a custom made dental sleep apnea device find that it eliminates or reduces their symptoms, making it possible for them to enjoy peaceful, restful sleep.

 

Is a Dental Snoring Device Right For You?

 

The best way to find out if snoring treatment with a dental device is the best treatment option for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shahnaz Babaloui of Carrollton’s A+ Dental. 

 

Dr. B will provide expert consultation and evaluation in addition to helping you receive a sleep study. The results of the study combined with examination and consultation will help her determine whether a dental snoring device can help.

 

  If you are ready for a good night’s sleep, contact A+ Dental today to schedule a consultation.

 

 

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