Living with someone who snores loudly throughout the night can take a toll on your sleep and your relationship. While there’s no doubt that it’s annoying to listen to the sound of a freight train running through your bedroom at night, chronic snoring may be an indication of a more serious problem.
How Snoring and Sleep Apnea Are Related
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder. It’ occurs during when the tissues that support your airway naturally relax during sleep collapse and block the flow of oxygen. This can make it difficult to breathe and is characterized by snoring, gasping or choking sounds during sleep, and long pauses in breathing that can occur hundreds of times each night.
When this occurs, the body struggles to wake you up to restore proper breathing. This can result in long pauses in breathing that can occur hundreds of time per night. Interrupted sleep results in:
- Morning headaches
- Sleepiness or fatigue during the day
- Forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating
- Mood changes
Customized Sleep Apnea Treatment
Until recently, the only solution to correct sleep apnea was a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask. However, many patients find the mask bulky and uncomfortable, so they avoid wearing it as prescribed.
Today, however, there’s a simpler solution! The FDA has approved a simple oral device that is worn over teeth and moves your jaw slightly forward while you sleep. This movement prevents muscles in your throat from blocking your airway and allows you to breathe normally during sleep.
Please Call Us to Learn More
If your excessive snoring is preventing you both from getting a good night’s sleep, please call our Metairie dental office to learn more about our customized sleep apnea treatment. Our doctors will prescribe a simple home sleep study test that will allow us to determine the extent of your disorder and make appropriate recommendations.