When to Worry about Snoring

 

snoring houston tx | Royal DentalSnoring and obstructive sleep apnea are two very different conditions that may share similar traits. Because of this, people who snore obnoxiously loud may not recognize the true risks of their nighttime habits. Obstructive sleep apnea is one type of sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder. It is a condition that requires the utmost care in order to prevent long-term, even devastating, effects.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

To describe apnea, the best thing we can do is look at the Greek translation of that word. Apnea. Without breath. Literally. So, to have obstructive sleep apnea means that you stop breathing. The process of a single apnea episode is extremely taxing on the body. Here’s how it usually goes:

  • The muscles progressively relax around the throat as sleep deepens,
  • Snoring becomes loud and disruptive,
  • Snoring stops,
  • A choke or gasp sound is made,
  • Snoring resumes.

It’s pretty simple, it seems. But behind the scenes, there is a lot happening. When the airway becomes completely obstructed, the delivery of oxygen to the brain is halted. Without oxygen, the brain sends an alert in the form of an adrenaline jolt. This chemical rush disrupts the sleep cycle just enough to restore breathing, at least for a short time.

Sleep apnea isn’t a once-a-night problem. Some people stop breathing several hundred times every night. After a very short time, the persistent interruptions to sleep will take a toll.

Recognizing the Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

As if the loud snoring were not a good enough indicator, additional signs to watch for include:

  • Chronic lack of energy.
  • Morning a sore throat or headaches.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Frequent irritability or moodiness.
  • Susceptibility to accidents, or clumsiness.

Snoring is no Small Matter

When snoring is the byproduct of obstructive sleep apnea, there is a lot to be concerned about. Over 400,000 sleep apnea deaths occur each year. Management of this condition is a vital aspect of long-term health and wellness.

Royal Dental offers innovative oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Whether you have already tried CPAP medical therapy or you prefer to avoid that approach, we can help you determine if an alternative would better suit your needs.

Call our Sugar Land location at (281) 242-2040 to schedule a consultation to discuss oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.

 

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