Sleep Apnea

Aggressive snoring might be a sign of more than exhaustion

Is your aggressive snoring waking up your loved one, or even yourself? While anyone can develop Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), there are some associated risk factors. Those who are overweight, have a thick neck circumference (greater than 16 inches), or a narrowed airway, are often at a great risk for sleep apnea. Other risks factors include family history, being male, and smoking. These are just a few of the risk factors and it’s important to consult your doctor if you think you might be suffering from OSA. Dr. Miller is a Qualified Dentist to treat OSA by The American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine.

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.

OSA is a serious health condition.

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.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression and other aliments.

Health Risks

Developing diabetes, heart disease, or even experiencing a stroke are all possible results of sleep apnea.

Weight Gain

Sleep apnea can cause your hormones to become imbalanced, affecting your huger and satiety levels (the degree to which we feel satisfied after eating).

Relationship Struggles

Snoring often results in keeping others in your home awake. Often robbing them of a good night’s sleep.

Personal Safety

Constant exhaustion can cause an array of side affects, like getting into accidents at work, at home, and even while driving.

Behavioral Shifts

Sleep apnea suffers 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’s 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. As you can imagine, this doesn’t provide the most comfortable nights 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.

Questions & Answers

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway becomes continually blocked during sleep, causing airflow to be reduced or completely stopped. It’s important to contact your doctor immediately if you are experiencing this as it can have serious health risks.

Can you die from sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing during your sleep which can result in cardiac death. It’s important to find a solution sooner rather than later and not to downplay the seriousness of this condition.

Can a dentist help fix my sleep apnea?

Absolutely, we are here to find the root cause of your sleep apnea and will work to provide the best and most appropriate solution. The American Medical Association and The American Dental Association has mandated that dentists screen every patient for Sleep Apnea because we see patients minimally twice a year.

Can sleep apnea go away on its own?

Sleep apnea never goes away on its own.

How long will it take to correct my sleep apnea?

With patient education, understanding and compliance, sleep apnea can begin to be corrected the same day of your initial comprehensive clinical examination with Dr. Miller.

Sleep apnea is affecting my relationship with my loved ones, what should I do?

It is not uncommon for sleep apnea to cause tension between you and your loved ones. It’s important for everyone in the home to get a good night’s sleep. Although you are not purposely trying to keep your loved ones awake, it’s important to seek help to resolve the problem.

Are visits to the dentist for sleep apnea covered by my life insurance?

You must contact your insurance provider to find out if they will cover appointments for sleep apnea. Our insurance coordinator can help you.

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