Quick Overview of Snoring & Sleep Apnea from Tyler Davis DDS

Quick Overview of Snoring & Sleep Apnea from Tyler Davis DDS

Snoring can be an aggravating condition that often affects the quality of your sleep. Many people snore, but loud snoring can be a sign of a sleep disorder. If you have a sleep disorder, you may experience periodic bouts of interrupted sleep every night. This will likely leave you feeling exhausted and frustrated. If you have this disorder, you may find relief in sleep dentistry. Below is an overview of this type of apnea and what you can do to correct it, so you can get more rest.

What Is This Condition?

Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when you stop breathing for short periods of time during the night. This condition is classified into two different types:

  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – This type of apnea occurs when the brain does not send a signal to your brain, telling you to take a breath.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – If you have this type of apnea, your airway becomes blocked as you sleep. The tissues in your throat collapse and you stop breathing for a short bit. Many people have this condition if they have enlarged tonsils. OSA is the most common version of this sleep disorder.

What Are The Symptoms of OSA or CSA?

  • Loud nighttime snoring
    • Gasping for air during sleep
    • Fatigue during the day
    • Choking during sleep
    • Pauses in breathing as you sleep
    • Headaches upon waking
    • Waking with a dry mouth
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Forgetfulness
    • Excessive morning thirst
    • Insomnia
    • Depression

Who Is At Risk Of Developing OSA or CSA?

Certain people are at a higher risk of developing a sleep disorder. Here are some factors that may place you at a higher risk of developing this condition:

  • Being a male
    • Advanced age, people over 40 are more likely to develop this condition
    • Being overweight
    • Having large tonsils
    • Allergies and sinus problems
    • Obstructions such as a deviated septum or blocked sinus cavity
    • GERD

How Can This Condition Affect My Health?

OSA or CSA can have a negative impact on your health. Here are some health conditions this sleep disorder can lead to if you do not seek treatment:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

When Should I See A Doctor or Dentist?

If you feel this condition may be affecting your sleep, it is important to seek advice from a healthcare professional and your dentist or a sleep apnea dentist is the best place to start. You will not be able to stop snoring on your own. New advancements in sleep dentistry have proven successful in the treatment of this condition.

Call our sleep dentistry office today for a full evaluation and consultation. There are treatments available that will help you stop snoring and get a better night’s sleep and we can eliminate your sleepless nights for good.