Does your loud snoring keep your partner awake at night? While snoring is not always a cause for alarm, it can be a warning sign of a more serious sleep issue. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can compromise your quality of sleep as well as threaten your overall health. Sleep apnea is characterized by brief pauses in breathing thought the night. These episodes can occur multiple times throughout your sleep cycle and are usually marked by loud snoring or a choking sound in which a patient wakes up gasping for air.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Only a trained physician can diagnose whether your snoring is an indication of sleep apnea. However, here are some common symptoms associated with sleep apnea so that you can have some insight as to whether you need to be evaluated for this sleep condition:
- Short awakenings that occur when there is a shortness of breath
- Dry mouth or sore throat
- Daytime sleepiness
- Irritability or moodiness
- Morning headaches
How A Dentist Can Treat Sleep Apnea
Believe it or not, your dentist can protect you from dangerous sleep apnea episodes. While more severe cases require a CPAP machine, most sleep apnea sufferers can benefit from oral appliance therapy. An FDA approved oral appliance can keep the jaw in an open position, which prevents the airway from collapsing. In turn, consistent breathing is restored and snoring is eliminated.
Dr. Wayne Suway is an experienced sleep apnea dentist. We are happy to work with your physician to ensure your sleep condition can be effectively and safely treated with oral appliance therapy. We offer snoring appliances that are comfortable to use and highly convenient for those who travel. Call for a consult in Marietta today – don’t ignore your snoring habit!