Is your snoring a simple annoyance, or could it jeopardize your health? Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder with snoring as just one of several symptoms. Drs. Jan Bublik, Jeremy Hoffman and Rod Messner of Dental Visions in Weston, MI treat sleep apnea for a better night’s sleep and a healthier you.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Your spouse says you snore loudly and consistently, but you also seem to stop breathing and often wake startled and gasping. You think about other problems you have:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Acid reflux
- Memory and concentration problems
- A depressed mood
- Sore throat
- Dry mouth
Frankly, these issues result from sleep apnea and its associated oxygen deprivation. Sleep physicians say that some of their patients wake during the night up to 100 times, not only resulting in the symptoms already described, but also in liver enzyme problems, diabetes, stroke and hypertension.
Sleep apnea occurs in 3 varieties: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, Complex Sleep Apnea, or CSA, and Mixed Sleep Apnea. OSA results when the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and collapse over the airway, causing blockage. CSA happens when the brain does not send a signal to the respiratory system. MIxed Sleep Apnea combines features of both.
While people across age, gender and ethnicity lines suffer from sleep apnea, some individuals seem more prone than others–for example:
- Males over 40 years old
- People who are obese, particularly those with a thick neck circumference
- Individuals with allergies and sinus problems
Treatment of sleep apnea
Correctly diagnosed by a sleep physician, sleep apnea can be successfully treated, and your sleep apnea dentist in Weston, WI helps OSA with custom-made snore guards. Dental Visions works in conjunction with Mid-Wisconsin Sleep and Snoring Institute of Rib Mountain to diagnose the disorder and its particular variety. Often, especially for CSA, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP) work to blow the airway open and keep it open while the patient sleeps. Usually, dental snore guards safely handle OSA.
The custom-made snore guard treats sleep apnea by gently pushing the lower jaw into a more forward position. This forces the airway open, and when the patient consistently wears the mouthpiece at night and during daytime naps, sleep apnea, and its side effects, are controlled.
What’s a good night’s sleep worth?
How well you sleep, and breathe at night, plays a significant role in your systemic health. Find out if your snoring problem is more than that. Is it sleep apnea? Contact Dental Visions to set up a consultation with one of our caring dentists. He will help you determine if you have this common sleep disorder and what can be done to treat it.