The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Snoring may be a little annoying, but it’s harmless, right? Actually, the answer is no. Snoring can many times indicate a serious condition called sleep apnea. Read on to find out how.
The Link Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring occurs when the soft tissues of the palate and throat vibrate due to blockage. This is often caused by swelling of breathing passages, position of the tongue, or even the way your airways are formed. Blocked airways mean you’re brain isn’t receiving sufficient oxygen, and it essentially wakes the body to breathe. This constant cycle causes mental and physical stress, and can bring on serious illness such as heart attack, stroke, memory loss, and premature death.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
- Chronic, loud snoring
- Gasping for air while sleeping
- Pauses in breathing of 10 seconds or more
- Waking feeling fatigued even after eight hours of sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Moodiness and irritability
- Inability to concentrate
How Can My Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?
That’s a great question! Often, we can ease the symptoms of sleep apnea with a small, comfortable oral appliance called a nightguard. By positioning the jaw and tongue forward, the nightguard allows you to breathe more easily and stops the snoring associated with sleep apnea. Dr. Shah can help determine if you suffer fromsleep apnea, and fit you for a nightguard to help you get a better night’s sleep tonight. Don’t wait. Your health is too important!
Are you concerned that you are suffering from sleep apnea?
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jyoti Shah at her North Brunswick office and take the first steps towards getting some relief!