Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that can become dangerous if left untreated. Although it is not always a sign of apnea, it is a good idea to see a sleep apnea specialist for a thorough evaluation to investigate any underlying breathing problems.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked while sleeping, preventing you from receiving proper levels of oxygen. In order resume breathing, your brain briefly rouses you from sleep. This can occur hundreds of times a night without you even realizing it. Generally, your partner will be aware of your condition since sleep apnea is generally accompanied by loud snoring.
If left undiagnosed and untreated, sleep apnea can lead to the following conditions:
Even if your snoring is not indicative of a sleep apnea issue, seeking a snoring remedy can lead to better sleep and reduce side effects such as fatigue and throat irritation. Plus, your partner will most likely benefit as well from finally being able to enjoy an uninterrupted night of sleep.
Many snoring sufferers can find relief with simple lifestyle adjustments. Diet changes, alcohol avoidance, and changing sleeping positions have been shown to be highly effective in reducing or eliminating snoring for many patients. If this does not work, St. Joseph sleep apnea dentist Dr. Sven Erickson may recommend oral appliance therapy, which involves the use of an orthotic mouthpiece to keep your airway open while you sleep.
If you or your partner desires relief from snoring, talk to our snoring and sleep apnea professionals about finding a personalized solution. We will refer you to a local sleep center which will perform a variety of tests to properly diagnose your condition. Once we receive this diagnosis, Dr. Erickson will work with you to develop a customized treatment course that will alleviate your sleep apnea.
Please contact our St. Joseph sleep apnea dentist today to schedule your appointment at Modern Dentistry Associates, serving patients in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan and Elkhart, Indiana.