Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Are you sleeping well at night? Do you feel excessively tired during the day? What about your partner in bed? Is he/she not sleeping well because of your snoring?
Snoring occurs when the back of the throat and the airway is too small to allow for a smooth, impeded airflow. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the entire upper airway is blocked, not allowing the person to breathe during sleep. Since air is not moving through, it is a “silent” disease, and it can be deadly. Almost 1 of 5 men and 1 of 10 women suffer from OSA, and less than 10% of these OSA sufferers are diagnosed.
Common signs and symptoms of OSA:
- Chronic snoring
- Abruptly waking up at night
- Repeatedly waking up with shortness of breath
- Waking up in morning headaches
- Waking up in morning with dry mouth
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
Untreated OSA has been shown to result in high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, mood disorders (e.g. depression), insomnia, impaired cognition, and oral bruxism (grinding/clenching of teeth). Treatment of OSA can reduce these diseases. OSA is even a risk factor for death. Treatment of OSA is typically covered by your medical insurance, especially because it could save your life.
A CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine pushes air through the patient’s airway, and while it is highly effective, it is also inconvenient and uncomfortable. An oral appliance can be fabricated by your Lumia Dental provider; it is much more comfortable, portable, and convenient. It could prolong or save your life!
Your Lumia Dental provider can also fabricate a “snore guard” for you so that you can breathe better during sleep and your partner can sleep better.