Snoring may be the Least of your Worries
- Posted on: Jun 2 2017
If you or someone you love snores, the occasional disruption of sleep can be frustrating. This tends to be what people report about snoring, their own or someone else’s. This perception of what snoring is could be a problem that stands in the way of getting care that could mean everything to health and well-being. You see, snoring is not the primary problem; it is a byproduct of something gone wrong in the airway.
There are several reasons why someone may snore now and then. Perhaps seasonal allergies or a cold is causing swelling in the nasal passages. When snoring is more frequent, or nightly, the problem may be a structural deviation in the nose, or it may be something more serious. More often lately, we hear about obstructive sleep apnea. This sleep disorder is much more common than many people imagine, and its leading symptom is snoring. Because of this, appropriate care may be postponed, or never obtained. This can lead to long-term health concerns such as:
- Increase in ADHD behaviors
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular conditions such as heart palpitations or even heart attack
Know when Help is Needed
When you see the health consequences that can occur if obstructive sleep apnea is not treated, you realize the importance of knowing when to get help. An indication of sleep apnea may be subtle, so it is necessary to be mindful of signs that may include:
- Forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating.
- The sense of sleeping restlessly.
- Waking with a dry or a sore throat.
- Frequently experiencing morning headaches.
- Chronic fatigue or tiredness.
Dental Treatment for Better Sleep?
Because obstructive sleep apnea is a medical issue, the idea of discussing this sleep disorder with your dentist may sound absurd. It’s not. Dentists are now routinely offering oral appliance therapy as an alternative to standard medical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy involves a small device that fits over the teeth. This device is worn when you sleep. Its function is to keep the jaw in a comfortable position that maintains an open airway when the body becomes fully relaxed. According to research, patient compliance is higher with oral appliance therapy than with the standard medical treatment with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure).
Would you like to know more about how to recognize obstructive sleep apnea and restore a good night’s sleep? Contact us at (828) 627-9282.
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