When you snore loudly and consistently enough, you may eventually begin to worry if you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, many patients don’t realize that there’s a problem for years, which can lead to increasing complications related to the sleep disorder. If you expect that your condition may be more serious than just snoring, then you should ask your dentist about sleep apnea as soon as possible. The faster it’s detected and treated, the less of an influence sleep apnea can have on your overall health and wellbeing.
How do I know if my snoring is a problem?
One of the reasons why many patients don’t realize they have sleep apnea is because they don’t consider their snoring habit a problem. In many cases, it may not be, at least not immediately. For patients with sleep apnea, however, snoring is only an indication of the airway closing due to oral tissues obstructing it. It becomes a problem when these tissues completely block your airway, causing you to stop breathing for several moments at a time.
Does everyone who snores have sleep apnea?
While snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, a snoring habit doesn’t always mean that you have the disorder. However, if you snore consistently every night, then you may be more likely to have OSA. Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, chronic snoring can tax your cardiovascular system, increasing your risks of issues like heart trouble, respiratory problems, and more.
How can I treat my sleep apnea?
If you do have sleep apnea, then the good news is that your dentist may be able to help you treat it and regain the restful sleep you deserve with a custom-designed sleep appliance. Your appliance will be made to fit comfortably over your teeth and support your lower jaw, holding it in a comfortable, slightly forward posture to prevent your airway from becoming obstructed.
Find Out More About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you exhibit signs like excessive snoring or increasing tiredness, then ask your dentist if you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.