Do you snore when you sleep? Do you have a loved one that keeps you up at night snoring? While snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea, there are several other signs that can go unnoticed. Sleep apnea can kill if it is not caught soon enough. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common that most people believe as it impacts nearly 25 million adults in the United States. When a person suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, it causes people to stop breathing for several seconds to more than a minute.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition in which the muscles relax when a person is sleeping. The soft tissues will relax, causeing them to block the airway. When this occurs, repeated breathing pauses occur, reducing your oxygen levels. The breathing pauses then lead to brief awakenings as your body tries to prevent the blockage. The awakenings make it difficult for you to recieve a full nights rest. When this pattern continues day after day, it can cause problems with your quality of life.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
How do you know if you or your loved one has sleep apnea? There are several signs to watch out for including:
- Choking sounds when sleeping
- Gasping for breath when sleeping
- Loud snoring
Excess body weight, narrow airways, and misaligned jaws increase the risk of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more common in men, but it often occurs in women during pregnancy.
Why You Need Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treating sleep apnea is one of the most important aspects for your health. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to headaches, fatigue, memory loss, and other concerns. Sleep apnea is treated with oral appliances, surgery, or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). An oral appliance will include the use of a mouth guard-like device that is worn during sleep. The oral appliance will shift the jaw enough to allow for proper airflow through the throat and to the lungs.
Oral appliance therapy is one of the most effective treatments methods to prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. When you come to Hyde Park Dental, we will fit you with an oral appliance device unique to your mouth. Most medical insurance plans will pay for oral appliance therapy. Contact our Logan dental office today for more information.