Did you know that snoring can signal a serious condition called sleep apnea? Snoring by itself is hard enough to deal with. Any bed partner of a snorer can tell you that it’s difficult to sleep while lying next to someone who is making so much noise! But for many people with sleep apnea, snoring may be the only sign of an underlying problem. At my Plano cosmetic dentistry practice, I treat sleep apnea and snoring sufferers with custom snoreguards, or oral appliances.
What is sleep apnea?
The word “apnea” means “without breath.” It’s an accurate description of those who live with sleep apnea, because they undergo lapses in breathing many times during sleep. As you can imagine, this is very unhealthy. When the body is deprived of oxygen, the brain will eventually signal for breathing to start. But not before some damage has occurred. Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, memory loss, and even premature death.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
Snoring is one symptom, but other signs include daytime drowsiness and forgetfulness. If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, call my office for a consultation. I’ll make sure you are evaluated, and if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, I can treat you conservatively with an oral appliance. This appliance fits snugly in a patients mouth, positioning the jaw forward so oral tissues don’t collapse and impede breathing during sleep.