The Facts Behind Snoring and Why it Shouldn’t Be Ignored
Snoring is more than just a loud and annoying noise, it can be an indicator of a Sleep Breathing Disorder(SBD) that can be very serious.
The most common form of SBD is Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA). Apnea means to stop breathing. More people have OSA than you think.
- 1 in 5 adults have mild OSA
- 1 in 15 have moderate to severe OSA
- 9% of middle-aged women and 25% of middle-aged men suffer from OSA
- 75% of severe SBD remain undiagnosed
Common Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Inconsistent breathing during sleep
- Weight Gain
- Gasping ,choking, or coughing during sleep
- Extreme Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Dry Mouth and/or sore throat in the morning
- Heart Disease/Strokes
- TMJ disorders and other Dental Conditions
- Trouble concentrating/Irritability
The good news is that we may be able to help!
In partnership with medical doctors, we can help you understand, screen, and treat your mild to moderate Sleep Apnea. With the use of a Sleep Apnea Device(Mandibular Advancement Device), we can provide you with a comfortable and easy-to-use option for a more restful sleep. Severe cases may still need to use a C-PAP or even combination therapy. Oral appliances are often a good alternative if you are intolerant to wearing a C-PAP. Our office has invested in the home sleep study equipment and airway evaluation tools to aid in this diagnosis process.