If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please call us right away. Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threating medical condition.
There is more to snoring than just the noise. Snoring may only appear to be a problem for the bed partner who has to listen to it all night long; after all a good snorer can crank out about 90 decibels, comparable to a train whistle at 500 feet! And, it is usually the one that has to listen to the snoring that forces some kind of solution. Everyone wants a good night sleep in order to be healthier and happier.
Ironically, though, it is the snorer who could be in mortal danger. What starts out as a problem for the bed partner, ends up being a serious problem for the one doing the snoring.
A person who snores may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Sleep Apnea is a common disorder affecting one in four individuals, where a person significantly slows their breathing or even stops breathing for a few seconds to minutes several times a night while sleeping. This causes the person’s blood oxygen levels to drop dangerously low and causes the person’s brain to wake them up several times a night, interrupting sleep.
Apnea comes in several forms and in several stages of sleep. One form of apnea is created by the brain and not nasal obstruction.
Apnea can cause a host of side effects, putting one at increasing risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, headaches, weight gain, impotency, fatigue-related accidents, and even sudden death.
A person with OSA might not snore at all so they go undiagnosed, which is particularly dangerous.
People who snore and those who have apnea can have the following common physical traits:
Apnea is a medical problem and should be treated as such. The first step in treatment is getting a proper diagnosis, which can only be done with a formal sleep study and/or take home sleep test provided by us and diagnosed in conjunction with a qualified, sleep physician.
Many sufferers or those unable to wear a CPAP device to treat their mild to moderate apnea, often find help with a custom-manufactured oral appliance. Worn when sleeping, it fits snugly on the teeth so there is no risk of displacing the device. It works by holding the tongue and jaws in their optimum position, prevents collapse of the airway, and allows breathing to stay relaxed and normal throughout the night. Dr. Maroon is a dentist, credentialed by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine