When Snoring Gets Real Bad, You Might Have Sleep Apnea
Loud, constant snoring isn’t just annoying the others in your house. Sure, people might not be able to sleep because of all that noise, but the person doing the snoring is also having trouble staying asleep. And without a good night’s rest, how sharp will you be at work the next day? Chronic snoring is a sign that you might have a serious condition called sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea could lead to serious illness, call Dejesus Dental Group at 203-372-1220 for sleep apnea treatment Bridgeport, CT area dental office and 203-378-9737 for sleep apnea treatment Shelton, CT area dental office, and ask our dentist what treatment can help you.
Sleep Group Solutions is pleased to announce that DeJesus Dental Group, has completed the training necessary for expertise in the dental treatment of sleep-disordered breathing, i.e. snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. DeJesus Dental Group is now one of only a handful of dentists throughout the world with the skills unique to Sleep Disorders Dentistry which is the dental treatment of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) with oral appliance therapy. Affecting one-third of the United States’ adult population and a significant percentage of children and adolescents, sleep-disordered breathing encompasses a range of nighttime respiratory problems. As you are certainly aware, all have negative health implications, many of which can be fatal.
What’s The Difference Between Snoring And Sleep Apnea?
No one is perfectly quiet while they sleep, so the occasional night of snoring is not something to be worried about. However, if you or your loved one snores almost every night, and the snoring is really loud, that could be a sign of sleep apnea.
People with this condition have a problem often do not have trouble falling asleep and in some cases, staying asleep during the night. Normally, your muscles relax during sleep but not too much. But with sleep apnea, the muscles around the throat get too relaxed. This causes your windpipe to sag. When it’s mostly but not completely closed off from that, you struggle to breathe, causing bad snoring. Worse, your windpipe can close completely, causing you to wake up thinking you’re suffocating. But that problem is gone the moment you start to panic, allowing you to fall back asleep … only to wake up again. Some people can do this 30 times each hour.
What Health Problems Does Sleep Apnea Cause?
With all of those disruptions, people with sleep apnea do not get the full nights rest their bodies need. That means you’re likely to suffer from fatigue and weariness throughout the day, having trouble concentrating and putting yourself at risk for accidents. You might even fall asleep during the day. But when you have breathing problems at night, you’re depriving your body of much-needed oxygen. That can lead to a host of problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and hormone imbalances. Sleep apnea can have a huge negative impact.
How Can I Get Tested?
At DeJesus Dental Group, we have partnered with Sleep Group Solutions to test patients with signs of sleep apnea. A home sleep study is usually performed to collect data on how often you wake up during the night. Once complete, we go over the data with you to show your diagnosis and help determine how best to treat it.
What Can Be Done To Treat it?
There are two ways we can help treat our patients. The first is with a dental splint. This small device fits comfortably in your mouth, and you keep it in there while you sleep. The splint shifts your jaw just enough to help it stay open while you sleep. We can also refer you to the proper physician for a CPAP machine, which is attached to a mask you wear during sleep that uses positive air pressure to keep your windpipe clear. Although wearing a mask might not sound fun, it’s certainly preferable over constant fatigue and high blood pressure.
Not all snoring means you have sleep apnea, but if you are almost always snoring loudly, you really need to be tested for it. For more information about sleep apnea treatments, or to make your next appointment, call today at 203-372-1220 for sleep apnea treatment Bridgeport, CT Line or 203-378-9737 for sleep apnea treatment Shelton, CT. You can also use our convenient online form to contact either location – we want to help you get a restful sleep – you deserve it!