Do You Snore?
Millions of Americans snore today, whether it’s habitual or not, most people will snore at some point in their life. Although many see snoring as just a loud nuisance, a lot of people don’t realize that is can be associated with a detrimental sleep disorder.
Snoring is generally the first sign of sleep apnea, a condition that interrupts a person’s breathing pattern at night and prevents them from achieving quality sleep. A sufferer’s airway is blocked by an obstruction in their throat, in which the disorder is classified as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, not all snorers have OSA so it’s crucial that you receive a sleep study to receive a proper diagnosis.
The nighttime disturbance can affect both you and your partner’s sleep, leading to tension and potential relationship problems down the line. Dr. Mischissin can help find a solution for your snoring or possible sleep disorder right away so you and your loved one can attain a full night’s rest.
Is Your Snoring a Sign of Sleep Apnea?
Since snoring is an extremely common breathing problem that affects millions of people today, many don’t see it as an issue to address. Although not every snorer suffers from a larger sleep disorder, nearly half of all heavy snorers do have obstructive sleep apnea.
Differentiating the two is important for your health, and learning about the symptoms of sleep apnea can help guide you towards the right treatment. If your snoring is accompanied by excessive daytime drowsiness, loud gasps for air in the middle of the night, morning headaches, and irritability, then you may be suffering from OSA.
Seeking a sleep study from your physician or a sleep doctor will provide you with the proper diagnosis so you can get the help you need.
Finding Effective Treatment
When searching for the right treatment to alleviate your snoring or sleep apnea symptoms, Dr. Mischissin can offer oral appliance therapy as a comfortable, easy-to-use solution. She may also suggest different lifestyle changes to help reduce certain risk factors such as obesity, poor muscle tone, allergies, or tobacco and alcohol use.
Oral appliance therapy is designed to open up a person’s breathing airway to clear the obstruction in their throat. Similar to a sports mouthguard, an oral appliance is worn each night as it works to move your lower jaw forward to stop you from snoring and helping you to breathe properly. They’re small, convenient, silent, and comfortable, making your nighttime slumber better than ever.
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or you simply want to find a solution for your snoring, Dr. Mischissin can help. After you’ve received a sleep study, she can help find a personalized treatment that works best for you.
Get in Touch with Gentle Dental Today
Whether you’re looking for a solution to stop your snoring or you want to see if your snoring is a sign of an underlying breathing disorder, then our team in Cape May Court House can help. Dr. Mischissin can help get you in contact with a sleep doctor to receive a proper diagnosis and provide you with an accurate treatment method. Give us a call today to get started – (609) 465-4411.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you snore, there is a good chance that you have sleep apnea, but not every snorer suffers from the disorder.
When snoring is accompanied by loud gasps for air at night, brief awakenings, excessive daytime drowsiness, and irritability, then we recommend getting a sleep study. Dr. Mischissin can get you in touch with a sleep doctor if necessary.
Sleep apnea can be diagnosed by your physician or a sleep doctor through a sleep study. A sleep study is conducted to observe a person’s sleep patterns throughout the night.
These can be performed at a sleep lab or you can have an at-home sleep test. Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Mischissin can offer you effective treatment customized just for you.
Along with loud snoring, other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Gasping for air in the middle of the night
- Waking up still feeling extremely tired
- Mood changes
- Memory loss
- Morning headaches
- Frequent urination at night
Snoring and sleep apnea can be treated with oral appliance therapy and certain lifestyle changes. An oral appliance is a great alternative to CPAP masks, which most sleep apnea sufferers complain to be intrusive, inconvenient, and loud.
At Gentle Dental, Dr. Mischissin offers oral appliance to patients who snore or have OSA. These dental mouthpieces are made just for you and help you achieve quality sleep without any nighttime disturbances.
Other recommendations to diminish your snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Weight loss
- Decrease tobacco and alcohol consumption
- Change sleeping position
- Throat exercises
- Maintain a well-balanced diet
- Surgery, for more severe cases