Not everyone realizes that snoring could be a serious problem, or that they may find a solution to stop snoring by visiting the dentist. However, snoring and its related disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, often originate with abnormalities in your oral tissues, which can partially or completely block your airway as you sleep. Patients can often find relief through a conservative, custom-designed oral appliance that helps keep their airway open at night, eliminating their reliance on a cumbersome CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine and mask.
The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is proportionate to the obstruction in your airway; the greater the obstruction, the louder the snoring. In the case of sleep apnea, snoring grows increasingly louder until the airway is completely blocked and you stop breathing completely. The episode can last for several moments until your body is forced awake to start breathing again.
You might not realize that you suffer from sleep apnea, since patients typically sleep through their apneic episodes. However, because sleep apnea can deprive you of deep, restful sleep, you may soon begin experiencing symptoms of sleep deprivation, including:
- Excessive drowsiness during the day
- Frequent headaches in the mornings
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering
- Unusual irritability/Sudden mood swings
- Episodes of insomnia
- Dry mouth and/or sore throat when you wake up
- And more
Don’t let snoring or sleep apnea deprive you of much needed sleep. Schedule an appointment by calling our Spring, TX, dentist’s office near you, and speak with your dentist about snoring/sleep apnea treatment during your visit.