Sleep Apnea

Snoring Just Might Be a Warning

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Does your perpetual snore keep your partner from sleeping? Do you occasionally wake up gasping for air? Are you perpetually tired during the day? These symptoms are warning you that something is wrong; don’t ignore these symptoms, as they may be a sign of an under-diagnosed and serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. Those with OSA stop breathing for several consecutive seconds, multiple times each night. This lack of oxygen affects all aspects of health, making Obstructive Sleep Apnea something that should not be taken lightly.

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How Many Risk Factors Do You Have?

While anyone can develop OSA, there are some associated risk factors. Those who are overweight, have a thick neck circumference, or a narrowed airway (perhaps as a result of oversized tonsils or adenoids) are at greater risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Other risk factors include family history, being male, and smoking, among others. Don’t feel too reassured if you don’t have the aforementioned risk factors, as there are many others.

It's Far More Serious Than Snoring

If snoring was the worst of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, that would be one thing, but the truth is that those who are afflicted with OSA are more likely to suffer from serious health conditions as a result, including:

  • 1. Health Risks

    Those who suffer from sleep apnea are more likely to develop diabetes, have heart disease, or experience a stroke.

  • 2. Weight Gain

    Sleep apnea causes hormones to become imbalanced, affecting your hunger and satiety levels; this can make it difficult to lose weight.

  • 3. Relationship Struggles

    The snoring that is often caused by sleep apnea can keep others in your home awake, too, robbing them of a good night’s sleep.

  • 4. Personal Safety

    Those who have sleep apnea are more likely to get into accidents at work, at home, and while driving due to constant exhaustion.

  • 5. Behavioral Shifts

    Sleep apnea sufferers are prone to mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

How Dentistry Can Help

Ultimately, because OSA deprives your blood and body of oxygen, it is potentially deadly. Even if snoring is your only symptom, if it is persistent, it’s worth checking out.

Until recently, the most often used treatment for OSA was a CPAP machine. The problem is that CPAP users are connected to the machine via an attached mask that they must wear over their face as they sleep. Solutions offered by dentistry, however, are more convenient and comfortable, including the Moses Sleep Apnea Appliance, which correctly positions the jaw so you can get a restful night’s sleep.

DID YOU KNOW:

80% of moderate to severe cases go undiagnosed

  • Undiagnosed Cases
  • Diagnosed Cases

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Dr. Miller and patient discuss Sleep Apnea

I got a pretty cool looking device and I’ve had it for about 3 weeks now, and I love it! I’m sleeping, my wife is sleeping, I’m actually dreaming from the moment I fall asleep, til the moment I wake up in the morning.  Quality of life is, I wake up refreshed.Dan