A message from Haven Dental
Is snoring keeping you up at night? Or should we say, keeping your loved one up? If you are like most, you just deal with this as an annoyance. But could it be a sign of something much more serious? Snoring is a common symptom in individuals that have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition marked by interruptions in breathing throughout the night. In other words, the amount of oxygen getting into your body and brain is reduced to dangerous levels. These interruptions can occur up to 30 times an hour or more all night long. Knowing how important oxygen is for the body and the brain, it is not surprising that many serious health conditions are correlated with OSA. A recent study shows that 26% of adults suffer from OSA but 80% go undiagnosed. Given the long list of conditions associated with untreated OSA, this is a staggering deficiency in our medical system.
So, what are the common symptoms associated with OSA? Common warning signs include snoring, choking, gasping for air, or silent breathing pauses during sleep. Additionally, those who suffer from OSA may find themselves dozing off or feeling sleepy during the day. They may also experience headaches, irritability, forgetfulness, and even depression.
Treatment for OSA includes the use of a CPAP machine, surgery, or an appliance worn in the mouth made by a specially trained dentist. Most people are familiar with CPAP machines that are strapped onto the face and air is forced into the mouth or nose, holding open the airway and reducing those interruptions in breathing while you sleep. Although very effective, many avoid treatment because they don’t want to use a CPAP machine. The good news is that dental appliances can also be very effective in treating many cases of OSA and are much more comfortable! Wonderfully enough, it stops the incessant snoring as well, which will no doubt please your sleeping companion!
If you or anyone you know show signs or symptoms of OSA, call now for a free screening and start enjoying better sleep and better health.
Dr. Craven is accredited by the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines and has advanced training in treating OSA.