If you live with someone or sleep next to someone who snores loudly, you may desperately want a solution. If you are someone who snores loudly, you may not be affected by the volume, but you may be affected by the after-effects. Maybe you wake up sleepy or with a sore throat most mornings? Loud snoring is not always a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but when it is, it is important to treat. Your E-Care Dentistry team in Olathe, KS, can help you determine if your snoring is sleep apnea and help you find an appropriate solution to treat it.
Loud Snoring Could Be OSA
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can sound like simple snoring except that it is often marked with large gasps for air. These gasps happen because the tissues of your mouth and throat collapse into your way causing an obstruction. This can happen hundreds of time throughout the night causing a disruption to your sleep and your breathing. It can cause your body to be under stress, you to feel tired and drowsy, and your risks for stroke, heart disease, and more to increase. If you think you or someone you love might have sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment.
Options and Solutions
The first step in the process of finding a solution is to determine that it is obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep study can be done to verify the symptoms and the disorder. Your dentist can then create a customized oral appliance that can help adjust your jaw in a way that can prevent your oral tissues from blocking your airway. An oral appliance is a much quieter solution than a CPAP machine, which uses continuous airflow to keep your airway unobstructed. In severe and complex cases, your dentist may recommend surgery to treat your sleep apnea.
Your dentist can help you treat sleep apnea
Find out if your loud snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. To schedule a consultation call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.