Could Obstructive Sleep Apnea be Hiding Behind Your Snoring?
by: Dental Assistant Team
Besides the complaint of the person who shares your bed, snoring can be a real disturbance to your health.
What causes us to snore?
Sometimes it is allergies, or a cold/sinus infection. The nasal air ways get obstructed and we snore. Some of us have a large uvula (soft palate in the back of the throat), this anatomy causes snoring when the tissue relaxes and as the air tries to pass through it makes the tissue vibrate, causing snoring.
Another cause for snoring can be alcohol use (or some sleep aids). The muscles in the tongue and throat relax and can cause occasional snore as well. Overweight people having large throat tissue often snore as well.
But a more serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea could be the reason hidden behind your snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where your air ways become obstructed and cause you to stop breathing for a short period of time. It becomes a serious condition is if you stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time.
What happens when you stop breathing for a period of 10 seconds or more? A loud snore telling your brain that you need to breathe. The problem if you suffer from sleep apnea is that you never get the rest you need to rejuvenate your body, and your mind. Obstructive sleep apnea causes deprives you of rest and affect your health such as a higher risk of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, compromised immune system, memory impairment, poor mental sharpness, emotional imbalance, irritability, and other serious conditions.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a silent killer and often goes undiagnosed. To make matters worst, patients are usually reluctant to get diagnosed due to how expensive night studies are in hospitals or sleep study centers. Not to mention invasive treatments such as the CPAP (which is usually only recommended for severe cases).
The good new for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, or people who believe they may suffer from sleep apnea, is that we now offer a screening test which is a non-invasive night study that you can do right in the comfort of your own home.
The information recorded gets downloaded on our computer. If you have a mild case of sleep apnea we can make a dental appliance which is comfortable and easy to wear, and that will help you sleep through the night.
If you have a more advanced case of sleep apnea we will refer you to a sleep specialist who will determine which treatment method will be the most effective in your particular case.
Don't stay undiagnosed, take advantage of this "at home" sleep apnea study as it could very well save your life!
Do you snore, feel tired in the morning, sleepy during the day? Call us, we can help!!!
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: Oct. 16 2013
Type: Sleep Apnea
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County