Keeping Everyone Awake with Your Loud Snoring? You Could Have Sleep Apnea

Do you snore when you sleep? Though snoring is a common problem that many people think is not a big deal, it could be a sign of a more serious condition, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep temporarily and might be causing you to snore loudly.

 

Sleep apnea is a very common condition. It’s estimated that about 1 in 15 Americans have sleep apnea or about 18 million people. You may not be aware that you have apnea because it happens while you sleep, but it can have a big impact on your physical and mental health. There are effective treatments for sleep apnea that help you and those around you sleep soundly again.

 

At Berger Family Dental in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Dr. Robert Berger and his staff offer a full range of dental services in a comfortable and supportive environment. They understand that sleep problems can greatly affect your health, including dental health. They offer mouth guards that can prevent teeth grinding, and snore guards as a treatment option for sleep apnea. 

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing for brief periods while sleeping. These periods may only be a few seconds but can last up to 30 seconds or longer. The apnea episodes can happen 30 times or more each hour throughout the night, meaning you get very little restful sleep and miss out on needed oxygen. 

 

There are three types of sleep apnea: central, obstructive, and complex sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. It’s caused by your airway being blocked by the muscles in the back of your throat relaxing and closing up your airway, making it difficult to breathe in.

 

In central sleep apnea, your brain fails to tell your muscles responsible for breathing in your body to draw in air. In obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles in the back of your throat relax, closing off your airway while you are trying to breathe in. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea. 

 

The blockage of the airway during sleep apnea is what causes you to snore. You are not able to get the air you need, and the sound of snoring is the sound of you trying to force air into your body, and the relaxed tissues covering your throat are vibrating. Treatments for sleep apnea also treat your snoring.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

All types of sleep apnea have several shared symptoms, including:

 

 

You may not know you snore or have sleep apnea, but if you experience these symptoms, it’s important to mention them to your dentist. There are many treatments that relieve your apnea and your snoring at the same time. 

What are the treatments for sleep apnea?

The treatments for sleep apnea are determined by what type of sleep apnea you have and what is causing it. They include:

 

 

Dr. Berger may also suggest lifestyle changes to treat your sleep apnea. Losing weight, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol consumption can all help with the treatment of sleep apnea.

 

Loud snoring can rob you and those around you from having the sleep necessary for good physical and mental health. Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to stop breathing for short periods during sleep. There are many effective treatments for sleep apnea that can help you and those near you to sleep again.


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