No one is perfectly quiet when they sleep, so at least a little snoring is both common and nothing to worry about. It’s when that snoring becomes bad that you need to be concerned. Bad snoring is a major sign you could have sleep apnea, a disorder that robs you of the sleep you need.
That’s why you need to call Carmichael Dental Care today at 334-600-1423 and make an initial appointment. Our dentists know how to treat obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance so you can sleep soundly once more.
Check For These Symptoms
It can be difficult to know how badly you snore, especially if you live alone. But even if you share a bed with someone, they might have grown used to your snoring by now. That’s why it helps to pay attention for symptoms of sleep apnea, a leading cause of snoring.
Do you have any of these?
- You are very tired during the day even after a “good” night’s sleep.
- You sometimes wake feeling pain or discomfort in your chest.
- You have trouble focusing or paying attention.
- You have headaches and/or sore throats in the mornings.
- You find yourself falling asleep during the day without meaning it.
- You can be irritable or easily frustrated with friends, family, and coworkers.
And of course, if a loved one tells you that you snore very loudly, that’s a big sign too!
But is this a problem worth fixing? Can’t you just get by like you always do? That’s not a good choice because sleep apnea (and the bad snoring it causes) can reduce the quality of life. No one should struggle to stay awake at work. You need to focus so you can do your job well, and that’s difficult when you’re sleepy so often.
Losing this much sleep also increases your risk for strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure and even diabetes. See, it really is much more than not getting enough sleep!
Get Sleep Apnea Treatment Today
What causes sleep apnea? While you sleep, the muscles in your throat and mouth relax too much. Their weight actually pinches your airway. As you struggle to breathe normally, forcing air through that tight space makes noise. It can even close up your windpipe entirely, causing you to frantically wake up because you feel like you’re suffocating.
Then how can you finally get some relief — and the sleep you need? Our dentists are trained to help treat sleep apnea with a simple oral appliance.
This is similar to a bite guard that you wear when you sleep. The shape of the device gently shifts the position of your jaw when sleeping. This can help unobstruct your airway so you don’t snore so much and can sleep more soundly. Oral appliances are made for each person individually, so yours will fit comfortably during the night. They can also last for years with just simple maintenance.