Does loud snoring keep you awake at night?
Do you or your partner snore loudly while asleep? Do you wake up almost every morning with a headache or feeling more tired than when you went to bed?
Loud snoring, chronic fatigue, and headaches are common symptoms of a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA is a progressive condition that can trigger the development of secondary oral and systemic health complications. If you or your partner show signs of sleep apnea it is important to notify your dentist or doctor as soon as possible. Seeking treatment can help you improve your health, focus, and mood.
What causes obstructive sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when the soft oral tissues collapse at the back of the throat and block normal oxygen flow. Sleep apnea deprives the body and brain of the oxygen it needs to function properly. Patients with sleep apnea commonly wake repeatedly throughout the night gasping for air or snore loudly while asleep.
Risk Factors and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
There is no single cause for snoring or sleep apnea. While anyone could develop sleep apnea, there are certain risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing OSA. Patients who are overweight, over the age of 40, male, or who have a large neck circumference are all at a greater risk for sleep apnea. Often times snoring is made worse by drinking, smoking or using sedatives.
OSA is a serious medical condition that should be addressed by a medical professional. Patients who have sleep apnea and do not seek treatment are an increased risk of both oral and systemic health complications.
Over time, patients with sleep apnea become more likely to develop conditions such as:
- Heart attacks
- Chronic fatigue
- Dry mouth
- High blood pressure
Patients with sleep apnea are unable to get a full nights rest and begin to experience a decline in their overall quality of life. Good, restful sleep is essential for allowing your body to rebuild. Sleep apnea can affect you mentally, emotionally and physically. It can also cause your partner to lose sleep as well.
Treating Sleep Apnea Montclair, CA
Dr. Patel and Dr. Srikureja provide patients with oral sleep appliance therapy for treating sleep apnea. Oral sleep appliance therapy is more discreet and comfortable than a traditional CPAP machine. The appliance is similar to a sports mouthguard and is custom designed to fit securely and comfortably around your jaw.
The oral sleep appliance helps to properly align the jaw while sleeping preventing soft tissue from collapsing over the airway. The oral appliance can help patients breathe all night comfortably so that they wake up feeling refreshed. Patients who wear the oral sleep appliance experience a relief in painful headaches caused by oxygen deprivation associated with OSA.
If you or your partner snores loudly or wakes up repeatedly throughout the night gasping for air, contact 909-281-3624 to request a personalized sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Patel or Dr. Srikureja. You can also request an appointment online here.