Snoring is annoying, both for the person who snores and the person sleeping next to him or her.
Chronic loud snoring disturbs sleep and results in fatigue and daytime drowsiness. A lack of sleep also can reduce your concentration and performance at work and while driving. Snoring can be the sign of a more serious condition, obstructive sleep apnea, a condition caused by blockage of the airway.
Sleep apnea starts when snoring stops – along with your breathing. Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops as many as 20-30+ times per hour. Each time breathing stops the resultant lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Sleep apnea can lead to serious medical conditions.
The treatment for snoring and/or sleep apnea starts with a sleep study which is completed either at a sleep study facility or at home with special equipment. There are different methods to treat snoring and sleep apnea. A dental appliance may be the answer for you. If you have a snoring condition contact us to schedule a consultation. We can help you determine the best course of treatment.