You may be wondering how snoring can be bad. The reality is snoring can indicate that a sleep breathing disorder is present. Recognized as one of the most common health problems in the United States, sleep apnea may be present if loud snoring occurs. The good news is the dentists at Grand Dental – Sycamore have special training to recognize these concerns and provide long-lasting sleep apnea treatment for Sycamore, IL dental patients.
Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep cycle and breathing. In fact, apnea literally means “without breath,” which is why it’s not the same as snoring. As snoring stops, it’s likely that breathing has stopped as well. In response, the body jolts you awake, despite the fact you are not even aware that you’ve woken up. This constant cycle of sleeping and waking hundreds of times a night is precisely what leaves you tired the next morning.
This is why another common symptom of sleep apnea is chronic fatigue. However, did you know symptoms like these can put yourself and even others in harm’s way, especially if you drive a vehicle regularly? In fact, those who are sleep-deprived are even more likely to cause an accident than a drunk driver!
Of course, chronic fatigue isn’t the only issue. Sleep apnea is also linked to:
The most common symptom is snoring, however, there are other signs to keep in mind, including:
Are you experiencing these symptoms? Have a partner who is? Call us!
We’ll partner you with a primary physician so a sleep study can be completed. From there, we generally prescribe a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This ensures your air passages stay open through the night. If this device becomes too difficult to use, we can also provide you with custom-made oral appliances that works similar to a nightguard. This device keeps the mouth and throat in a position conducive to sleep.