Is Snoring Always Linked To Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could lead to serious problems for your quality of life and your overall health. For many, chronic snoring is a warning sign of trouble. In today’s blog, your Overland Park, KS, dentist will talk about the link between snoring and sleep apnea, and look at possible treatment options.

Snoring and OSA

We snore when our air passages become partially obstructed by soft tissues in our throat and mouth as we sleep. Once air is forced through these obstructed passages, this vibrates tissue and creates a loud sound. Sleep apnea occurs when these same passages are completely blocked by soft issues. People then stop breathing until the brain wakes them. Despite rarely remembering these waking episodes, they happen hundreds of times night for some, preventing them from enjoying deep, uninterrupted sleep. Snoring is often a warning sign, especially if it happens on a nightly basis.

Warning Signs and Possible Complications

In addition to snoring, people may report waking up gasping for air or choking, dry mouth, headaches, daytime exhaustion, irritability, trouble staying awake when driving, or difficulties focusing on tasks at work or school. If you encounter one or more of these possible symptoms, then let us know. Unless treated, OSA, could strain your immune system and cause more frequent illness to occur. Eventually, the disorder could also strain your cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.

Custom Appliance Treatment

Often, we will treat the disorder with a comfortable oral appliance that you wear as you sleep. To create it, we will take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile, crafting an appliance that looks and fits like a mouthguard. Worn at night, the device then moves your jaw forward to open air passages and ensure easier breathing throughout the night. People avoid the uncomfortable symptoms, and obtain better rest, allowing them to be more alert during the day and enjoy an improved quality of life. We may also suggest sleeping on your side instead of your back, avoid large meals, exercise, or alcohol in the two hours before bed, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool. Avoid looking at smartphones right before bed, and be sure to go to sleep and wake up each day at the same times . If you have any questions about enjoying a better night’s rest or tackling your OSA, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Treating OSA?

If you struggle to rest at night, then let our team know so we can offer a customized treatment option. To learn more about preventive treatments and tips for obtaining better rest, schedule your consultation by calling Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.