What is sleep apnea? You have probably heard of sleep apnea before, but did you know that this sleeping disorder can cause problems with your overall health?
If you snore or have a loved one who snores, you are dealing with one of the most significant sleep apnea symptoms. Please call us at West Grande Prairie Dental to schedule a FREE snoring and sleep apnea consultation. You will learn about sleep apnea symptoms and sleep apnea treatments. Many people who snore, especially those who snore loudly and sometimes wake themselves or their loved ones up at night, may have obstructive sleep apnea. This type of sleeping disorder can be very detrimental to your health, but it can often be treated with a dental device.
What Causes Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
When we sleep, we are at our most relaxed. That means that the soft tissues in your throat may relax to the point that they start to block your airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea. When you breathe deeply, the tissues vibrate and cause a snoring sound, which can be a sleep apnea symptom.
What Increases My Snoring?
Although not everyone snores, many people struggle with snoring, a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. The risk factors that might increase snoring and sleep apnea include
- Age. Once you reach the age of 40, your risk for snoring increases as your muscles and skin start to lose their elasticity and relax more.
- Pregnancy. Being pregnant causes all kinds of changes to your body. One may be that you snore (or snore louder) when you sleep.
- Family health history. If your family has a history of snoring, you are more likely to snore yourself.
- Alcohol use. Drinking alcohol can cause the muscles in your body to be more relaxed, which may contribute to obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
- Weight. People who are overweight have a higher risk of developing repetitive snoring and sleep apnea.
- Genetics. Some people are born with a narrow airway.
- Sleep position. Sleeping on your back increases your risk of snoring.
Is Snoring a Sign of Sleep Apnea?
We at West Grande Prairie Dental are concerned with snoring because it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. Although not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, a proper diagnosis is vital to find out and can help you get the sleep and rest you need and deserve.
Should I Be Worried About Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can cause many severe issues, not to mention the lack of energy you might feel during the day. Aside from snoring, the following may be symptoms or signs of sleep apnea:
- Chronic morning headaches
- Difficulty focusing
- Exhaustion or excessive sleepiness during the day
- Increased irritability
- Snorting or gasping during sleep—often noticed by a partner.
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Severe drop in blood oxygenation levels during sleep
- Some studies suggest sleep apnea can shorten your life by as much as 14 years.
In addition, sleep apnea can affect the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain. If you snore or suspect you have sleep apnea, call West Grande Prairie Dental today, and we can help with a proper diagnosis and a sleep apnea treatment plan to get you sleeping better (and quieter.)
Health Concerns Related to Sleep Apnea
When sleep apnea is left untreated, the lack of oxygen affects other bodily functions. This increases your risk of
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Enlargement of heart muscle tissues
- Heart failure
- Living a shorter life
A healthy heart is vital for a healthy life. Fortunately, sleep apnea dentistry is available at West Grande Prairie Dental to help treat many types of sleep apnea.
Why Visit West Grande Prairie Dental for Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Until recently, a sleep apnea machine, or CPAP machine, was one of the only treatments available. Fortunately, our sleep apnea dentists at West Grande Prairie Dental can provide sleep apnea treatment without the inconvenience of the machinery, tubes, and face masks.
Many of our patients with obstructive sleep apnea find a dental device, or mouth guard, to be one of the most convenient treatment options. You may not need to worry about a sleep apnea CPAP machine at all! West Grande Prairie Dental mouthguards are custom-made and comfortable to wear while you sleep.
Tips For Managing Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Nasal Breathing Exercises and Decongestants
Another way to help with snoring and sleep apnea treatment is to explore breathing exercises and nasal decongestants. People with sinus infections may find that a decongestant generally helps them breathe better.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Did you know that Invisalign clear aligners can work as a mouthguard or sleep guard? They are customized to fit your bite and are smooth and comfortable to wear. They can be used to expand your teeth, providing more room for your tongue, thus reducing sleep apnea and giving you a beautiful amazing smile at the same time.
Oral Obstructive Sleep Apnea Device
Different types of sleep apnea devices are available, depending on your specific needs. You may need your jaw to be moved into a particular position to open your airway or to keep your tongue out of the way.
Call Us Today To Find Out More About Snoring and Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from sleep apnea symptoms or excessive snoring, give us a call today! Don’t hesitate to come and talk to us about how we can improve your health and help you get a good night’s sleep again. Our dentist’s office has two conveniently located practices in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Call (780) 833-8600 Now! Our Friendly Staff is Ready to Schedule Your Completely FREE, No-obligation Sleep Apnea Consultation!