Are You Sure It’s Just a Snore?
Every night it’s the same: Your partner falls asleep immediately and begins to snore away. Despite your constant jabs and jostles, they persist, leaving you feeling exhausted. You’ve tried white noise machines and earplugs, but nothing can mask the sound of your loved one sawing logs. While it may be hard to think logically when you’re so sleep deprived, you should actually be concerned. Are you sure it’s just a snore or is there more to it than that? Sometimes, snoring is actually a symptom of a potentially dangerous condition. If you’re worried, you should be.
While snoring is the most common symptom associated with obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA), there are other tell-tale signs as well. These include:
- Waking up gasping for air
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Excessive daytime lethargy
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep. During these moments, breathing temporarily stops, depleting the body of oxygen. This often happens for several seconds at a time, multiple times each night. Over time, these apneic events take their toll on the body, increasing the risk of:
- Hypertension and stroke
- Heart disease
- Accidents at work or on the road
- Depression and anxiety
At Waterford Family Dental Care, we take OSA seriously. I have extensive knowledge and experience with providing solutions that will allow your loved one (and you) to get a restful night’s sleep.
While some patients have success with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, others find it cumbersome. Side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and those who toss and turn have better luck with a customized dental appliance. This small, portable, and lightweight device repositions your jaw and opens your airway — without tethering you to a machine.
If you or your partner have experienced any symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, don’t sit back and hope it will go away. Let me be part of your sleep solution. Contact my office today to schedule an appointment.