Did you know that snoring can not only be bad, but a sign of a larger underlying health problem? In fact, sleep breathing disorders are one of the most common (and most serious) health problems in the United States. Snoring is a common sign that sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition, may be present. At Grand Dental – Lockport, our dentists are trained to recognize the early signs of sleep apnea, so you can get the dedicated solutions for sleep apnea treatment from our Lockport, IL dental team to protect yourself, all while meeting your lifestyle needs.
It’s obvious that sleep apnea interrupts sleep, but why does this matter? For one, apnea literally means “without breath,” and if more people realized that, they would take the condition far more seriously. For example, if snoring stops, it usually means that your airway is blocked and you’re not getting the oxygen you need. Thankfully, the body recognizes this and forces you awake so you don’t suffocate. However, with every apnea that occurs, it becomes more and more difficult to get the oxygen (and sleep) you need to be healthy.
Another common sign of untreated sleep apnea is chronic fatigue for this reason. Not only can this negatively affect you, but it can affect the people around you as well. For example, those who are sleep-deprived are actually at higher risk of causing a car accident than someone impaired by excessive alcohol consumption.
Keep in mind that extreme fatigue isn’t your only concern if you have sleep apnea. For example, you also increase your risk for:
Snoring is a common symptom, but it’s hardly the only one to know about. Others include:
Do you or a partner suffer from these symptoms? If so, call us!
We work directly with your primary doctor so you can complete a sleep study. One of the first steps we take is prescribing you a forced-air device, also known as a continuous positive airway pressure machine (or CPAP.) This helps keep your airway open through the night. Since compliance can be an issue with CPAP machines, custom-made sleep apnea devices that work similar to nightguards can also be made. These shift the position of your jaw to keep the airway clear, significantly reducing the number of apneas you experience