It is estimated that as many as 50% of us snore regularly. For some, snoring is no more than an occasional, inconvenient habit. However, chronic, heavy snoring can be more serious.
Simple snoring can disturb others and cause a dry mouth or sore throat. Heavy snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, which can be associated with hypertension, stroke and other cardiopulmonary problems. Is someone snoring in your house?
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
The Greek word apnoia literally means “without breath”. There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central and mixed. Of the three, obstructive is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during the night – often for a minute or longer.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA?
- choking or interrupted breathing during sleep
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- morning headaches
- a strong urge to sleep during the day
- jerking limb movements during sleep
- awakening tired and thirsty
SLEEP APNEA MAY CAUSE THE FOLLOWING:
- daytime fatigue
- memory impairment
- poor work performance
- loss of sexual interest
Severe sleep apnea can result in serious complications, including high blood pressure, heart rhythm disturbances and even heart failure.
Patients with sleep apnea are more likely to be involved in automobile accidents. In addition, accidents associated with drowsiness are more often fatal.
WHAT CAN A DENTURIST DO?
A Denturist can fit you with an oral appliance specially designed to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
Oral appliances are small and easy to wear. They weigh only a couple of ounces, which makes them convenient for travel. In addition, they are relatively inexpensive when compared to other alternatives, such as surgery and CPAP (constant positive air pressure) devices. As well, oral appliances are non-invasive and non-surgical. Some medical insurance companies cover the cost of these appliances.Oral appliances may be available from a specially trained Denturist in your area. Custom fitting is simple and painless.