You have been banished to the couch, or if you’re lucky, to the guest bedroom.
Your snoring has been declared to be intolerable. The love of your life is refusing to share a bed with you until to find a treatment for your snoring.
You can’t really blame them. Snoring is about as loud as a vacuum cleaner or an alarm clock — and according to your partner, your snoring is too loud and too constant to allow anyone else (namely, your partner) to sleep well.
It’s funny since many mornings you wake up feeling about as tired as you did when you went to bed.
You start doing some research, and now you have found something that could allow you to return to your cozy bed. You can call the dentists at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio to ask about our snoring solutions.
Snoring And Other Symptoms
Like it or not, everyone snores at some time or another. Snoring is a problem when it’s loud, constant, and interferes with your or someone else’s ability to sleep.
That kind of snoring could very well be a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that can have consequences that affect you well beyond how well you sleep.
Part of the reason that people with obstructive sleep apnea are prone to bouts of snoring is because their airways become blocked when they fall asleep.
Unfortunately, when you stop snoring that may not be a cause for relief. It often means that your airways have become completely blocked and you can’t breathe.
These stoppages can happen several times every hour that you are “asleep” (you’ll understand the quotation marks in a moment), and each of those stoppages can last between 10 and 30 seconds.
How often do you stop breathing throughout the night? That depends on how serious your sleep apnea is.
Someone with mild sleep apnea will stop breathing between 4 and 14 times per hour. Someone with moderate sleep apnea stops breathing between 15 and 29 times per hour, and someone with severe sleep apnea can stop breathing 30 or more times every 60 minutes.
Consequences Of Untreated Sleep Apnea
All those breathing stoppages affect you throughout the day.
First and foremost, they are preventing you from getting deep sleep, which can leave you feeling sleep deprived. When you stop breathing, your body fights by waking you up just long enough to allow you to breathe again. Most of the time, you won’t have any memory that this has happened.
All the fighting that your body is doing with itself increases the stress hormones in your system. This can increase your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), and that may explain why people with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes.
By not getting the deep, healthy sleep that you need, this can affect your overall health, too. Many experts say that healthy sleep is important for your recovery from illnesses and injuries.
Your sleep deprivation can affect you in other ways, too. You may find yourself fighting to stay awake at work more often than you would like. (You may have even been chided for napping at work.)
More worrisome is when you may feel drowsy behind the wheel. People with untreated sleep apnea are more than twice as likely as people without sleep apnea to be the drive in an automotive accident. That’s something to really think about.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment
One of the recommended treatments for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea is an oral appliance. These mouthguards also are recommended for several sleep apnea patients who have trouble using a CPAP machine.
The purpose of any sleep apnea treatment is to open your airways so you can breathe easier throughout the night, sleep more deeply, and, as a result, snore less often.
CPAP machines do this by pushing air into your airways to remove the blockages. Oral appliances accomplish this goal by shifting your jaw forward. This move helps your airways stay open.
As you become accustomed to sleeping with your oral appliance, you may find that you start dreaming and that you wake up feeling more refreshed than you have in a long time.
You may even get to reclaim your place in your cozy, comfortable bed.
Call For Help
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea or you have been diagnosed but find your CPAP too bothersome to use, Advanced Dental Associates wants to help.