The Consequences of Snoring
Have you ever slept next to someone that snores? If so, you know how disruptive it can be to your sleep. But, are you aware of your snoring? You may not know you snore and you definitely can’t help it, but it may be the reason why you’re feeling fatigued and irritable every day.
Snoring can also generate major tension between you and your sleep partner. If one of you snores and the other doesn’t, this can lead to sleeping in separate rooms, which can result in a damaged sex life or sometimes divorce.
Affecting up to 37 million Americans on a regular basis, and 90 million Americans occasionally, snoring is definitely an inconvenience that you want to find relief for. Dr. Guinn cares for patients whose snoring has implied bigger health problems such as sleep apnea. Discover the relationship between snoring and this sleep disorder before it becomes a life-threatening condition.
How to Tell If You Have Sleep Apnea
If your significant other worries about your deep, raucous snoring and frequent pauses in your breath, then it may be a sign you’re suffering from sleep apnea. These episodes occur when there’s an obstruction in your throat that halts your breathing pattern throughout the night.
Usually, the obstruction is caused by a relaxed tongue or collapsed soft tissues in the neck and can be cared for with various treatments. With Dr. Guinn’s 30 years of dental sleep experience and counting, she knows that each patient requires individualized care that fits their specific case.
Other associated risk factors of snoring and sleep apnea, include:
- A large neck
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Sleeping position
- Age or gender
- Nasal congestion or deviated septum
Discover Customized Snoring Relief
Are you still unsure if you’re just a habitual snorer or if you might have sleep apnea? To receive a proper diagnosis and sleep study, visiting a sleep physician is your first step. Once you’re officially diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may contact our Pasadena office to explore our dental sleep treatments.
Once you come in, Dr. Guinn can treat your snoring and sleep apnea with a customized oral appliance. These devices help move your jaw forward so it can open up your airway at night and clear any obstruction in your throat. After using an oral appliance, you and your sleep partner will be able to sleep soundly at night and see a major improvement in your energy and happiness.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea
I Snore, Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Snoring isn’t always an indicator of the sleep disorder. While it is a symptom that often develops in patients with sleep apnea, snoring can also occur as a result of various conditions such as your sleep position, age, any medication you’re taking, lack of sleep, or even alcohol consumption before bed.
Consulting a sleep specialist about your snoring can help properly diagnose your condition and help you get you the right treatment to alleviate symptoms.
Can You Have Sleep Apnea Without Snoring?
While one of the first symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring, not everyone with the condition does it. When sleep apnea is mild, you may experience:
- Mild daytime sleepiness
- Sleep that isn’t refreshing
- Morning headaches
- Waking up continuously without knowing why