Do you often snore at night? In addition to driving your significant other crazy, this could also indicate the presence of a serious issue known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for some people. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, and when you should seek treatment for your snoring.
The Causes of Chronic Snoring
While most of us snore occasionally, when this happens on a nightly basis you could need treatment for a potential sleep disorder. The sound of snoring occurs when the airways are practically blocked as we sleep. Air is then forced though, vibrating tissues and creating a loud obnoxious sound. To limit your risk, try to rest on your side instead of your back and avoid alcohol before bed.
The OSA Connection
Did you know that a persistent snore could be a sign of OSA? People with this disorder actually stop breathing as soft tissues in the throat and mouth cut off airflow completely for a few moments multiple times during the night. Even if you don’t remember this happening, the process interrupts your sleep cycle and prevents you from obtaining the rest needed to feel alert the next day. People with OSA often report chronic snoring, daytime drowsiness, moodiness, waking up suddenly in the night choking or gasping for breath, headaches, dry mouth, and trouble staying focused on task when at work or school. If you experience any of these warning signs, then talk to our team.
A Comfortable Solution
Following a thorough diagnosis, we may suggest an oral appliance to halt snoring and address OSA. The device is custom-made based on the series of detailed impressions, digital images, and measurements we take of your entire smile. The custom-fitted device will look like a mouthguard and be worn as you sleep. The appliance then repositions the jaw to ensure you breathe without interruption throughout the night. Remember, treating these symptoms helps protect your long-term health. Untreated sleep issues have been linked to a strained immune system and more frequent illness, as well as a strained cardiovascular system, which could increase the risk of everything from heart disease and high blood pressure or stroke or even heart attack.
If you have any questions about putting a stop to your night time disorders, the please contact our team today to discuss possible solutions. We want to make sure you rest with ae and enjoy a better quality of life during your waking hours.
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?
Our team understands how to diagnose and treat issues like OSA. To obtain a better night’s rest, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today. We want to help you avoid the complications of common sleep disorders