If you sleep near someone who snores loudly every night, you may be desperately seeking a solution. If you are the person who is doing the snoring, you may not bothered at night, but you may feel the effects the next morning. Along with your partner or family members being annoyed with you, you may feel drowsy despite having a full night of sleep. Loud snoring is not always a sign of the serious sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, if it is OSA, it could be putting you at a higher risk of health problems like heart disease, stroke, and more. Your dental team in Lafayette, LA can help you to find a quiet solution to the loud snoring in your house.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can sound like simple snoring except that it will be marked by frequent and loud gasps for air. The gasps for air will occur because the soft tissues of the throat and mouth collapse and block the airway. When the airway is blocked, your body will unconsciously stir you awake to gasp for oxygen. You may not remember these awake moments, but your body can feel the effects. It can prevent your body from reaching the restful points of sleep, which can make your sleep not restorative. Along with the lack of restorative sleep, OSA can have other negative effects on your body. Each time that your airway is blocked can cause your body to overcompensate and adjust the regulation of oxygen in your blood. This can raise your blood pressure, which can put you at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
Finding a Quiet Solution
Your dentist can help create a customize mouth piece that can prevent your mouth’s tissues from blocking your airway. This kind of treatment is a more quiet solution than some other popular treatments for sleep apnea. Finding a solution can help to appease your loved ones, but more importantly, it can keep you healthy.
Is someone snoring in your household?
Chronic snoring could be a sign of a serious sleep disorder. To schedule a consultation, call the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities