Sleep Apnea Risks
Frequent loud snoring has been the butt of many comedians jokes and humorous scenes on television and in the movies. Many spouses make light of their partners heavy snoring and make it a funny part of their conversation with friends and relatives.
'Unfortunately loud snoring is not funny, can be deadly serious and a major symptom of Sleep Apnea.
It is important that you understand what Obstructive Sleep Apnea is, the symptoms, and how it can successfully be diagnosed and treated. Loud and frequent snoring reveals the first clue to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The sound is created when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat, blocking the upper airway. This can result in your breathing to cease temporarily for a few short seconds to more than a minute and up to hundreds of times a night.
If you do not have a sleep partner who can make you aware of your loud snoring, there are other clues that you should be conscious of that can be potential signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you regularly catch yourself dozing off at work or home in the afternoon or feel like you aren’t sleeping well at night, even though you don’t remember tossing or turning you could have symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, If you have any of these symptoms, you should seek immediately seek medical attention.
Visiting a medical professional could leave you with peace of mind if you are not diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If testing results prove positive, treatment options will be available that will control the condition.
If you suspect you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and do not seek medical assistance the condition can become a potentially life threating disease.
Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be a catalyst resulting in critical health issues including:
Congestive heart failure
High blood pressure
Obstructive Sleep Apnea can affect any person, but you are at greater risk as you get older. It is most common in men but can affect women too, especially after menopause.
Sleep Apnea is also more common in folks who carry excess body weight, have a recessed chin or misaligned jaw or a narrow airway.
To review, you will know that you have potential Obstructive Sleep Apnea and should seek medical advice if you have:
Loud and frequent snoring
Breathing pauses throughout the night
Other sleep time symptoms
Abrupt awakening during sound sleep accompanied by shortness of breath
Awakening with a dry mouth or a sore throat
Look out for symptoms away from your bed
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Irritability or moodiness
Decreased sex drive or impotence
Acid reflux symptoms such as indigestion and heartburn or chest pain
If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea you are certainly not alone! The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine estimates that at least 25 million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea.
If you think you have the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea we can help. Call us today at 631.689.1800
There are many tests for diagnosing Sleep Apnea and a wide range of successful treatment options. Our office can refer you to a physician who specializes in Sleep Apnea for an initial diagnosis. If it is determined that an oral appliance mouthpiece would be beneficial to treat the disease, we can provide specialized skill needed to fit and manage its application. Schedule a consultation with our office to discuss Sleep Apnea and potential treatments.