Snoring is a nuisance that disturbs your sleeping partner. Sleep apnea, on the other hand, is a potentially life-threatening problem that can affect your daily life and your health.
IS IT SNORING OR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?
Snoring is common and relatively harmless. Loud and regular snoring, however, can be problematic.
While snoring involves soft tissue partially blocking the back of your throat, Obstructive Sleep Apnea involves tissue completely blocking the throat. In this situation, there can be no airflow for 10 seconds or more. The blockage keeps oxygen from reaching your vital organs, including your heart and brain. When the blood-oxygen level drops low enough, the body momentarily wakes up. Thus, you may feel drained of energy and fatigue. It’s important to identify sleep apnea as soon as possible so you can breathe easy and get a good night’s sleep.
COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA:
- Sleepiness during the day
- Feeling tired immediately after waking up
- Insomnia or fatigue during the night
- Regular, loud snoring
- A sudden feeling or sound of choking while you’re sleeping
A snoring consultation in Omaha, Nebraska, with one of our dentists will help identify whether these problems are just simply snoring, or related to obstructive sleep apnea. They can then treat OSA via a variety of oral appliances.
Sleep Apnea Dentistry has become the best solution for obstructive sleep apnea. If you think you might be at risk, schedule a visit to Dentistry for Health by calling 402-932-0282 today. Our dentists strive to protect your heart health with these sleep apnea treatments. She consults on cases with two local pulmonologists, Drs. Naresh Dewan and George Thommi.