When was the last time you slept through the night without being awoken not by your child’s crying but your partner’s snoring? Millions of Americans are guilty of loud snoring, which over time can lead to sleeping problems for much of a household. Sadly, snoring can actually be much more than an annoyance for those nearby. It can be indication of a dangerous condition known as sleep apnea. If you are tired of snoring keeping you awake at night, and more importantly concerned that someone you love could be suffering from sleep apnea, it’s time to talk to your dentist about how treatment could potentially help you all get a better night’s sleep.
Know the Warning Signs of OSA
Loud snoring is the most common indicator of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. That said, there are actually several potential warning signs:
- Frequent headaches and/or a general sense of fatigue
- Irritability or problems concentrating
- Daytime drowsiness
- Gasping for breath during the night
- Increased blood pressure
A Dentist Could Provide Fast Treatment
While medical physicians often recommend Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines for treating OSA, many patients find these machines cost prohibitive, or simply cumbersome, since they do require wearing a mask to sleep that is connected to a machine that pumps air.
Fortunately, dentists can frequently offer a less invasive and more affordable alternative of treatment, in the form of sleep appliances. These are custom-made devices designed to help prevent one’s soft tissues from shifting during sleep, therefore helping to allow for more consistent breathing, which can eliminate snoring, as well as the more dangerous side effects of OSA.
Could Your Loved One Have Sleep Apnea?
If you are concerned that your significant other could be in need of sleep apnea treatment, don’t delay a dental visit. Schedule your appointment with Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, today, by calling 281-320-2000.