Did you know that dentists help with snoring? It’s true!
Do you find yourself nodding off during the day? Does your family tell you that you snore? Do you wake up gasping for air? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you might be one of the more than ten million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea.
You may also be wondering, why the sedation dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care are writing about snoring, right? It’s because we might be able to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing throughout the night, while you’re sleeping. This could occur up to thirty times an hour. Every time you stop breathing, the lack of oxygen signals your brain, and you’re temporarily woken up to restart your breathing. The time you spend awake is brief, and you may not even remember it, but it interrupts your REM sleep. Because you don’t realize you’re waking up, you probably won’t be able to figure out why you’re so tired every morning.
Constantly waking up and falling back to sleep prevents you from getting a good, deep sleep and this leads to daytime drowsiness.
What are sleep apnea symptoms?
As general background information, there are three categories of sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea can be dangerous because, if left untreated, can lead to an increased risk of heart failure, stroke or high blood pressure. Ongoing state of fatigue, caused by sleep apnea, can lead to problems at work or school and dangers while driving. It can also cause complications with your medication and could make sedation through anesthesia dangerous.
There are many ways to treat snoring and they include anything from losing weight, giving up alcohol, using a sleep machine or talking with your dentist about a mouth appliance that can help prevent snoring.
If you suspect you’re snoring or if a family member has told you that you are, you will want to talk with your physician. Also, when you visit us for your next dental appointment, talk with your hygienist or dentist as we may be able to provide a solution.