Snoring Sleep Apnea

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Grand Rapids, MI

Photograph of snoring man with sleep apnea, Grand Rapids, MI Snoring may be a little annoying, but it’s harmless, right? Actually, the answer is no. Snoring can many times indicate a serious condition called sleep apnea. Read on to find out more.

The Link Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring occurs when the soft tissues of the palate and throat vibrate due to blockage. This is often caused by swelling of breathing passages, position of the tongue, or even the way your airways are formed. Blocked airways mean you’re brain isn’t receiving sufficient oxygen, and it essentially wakes the body to breathe. This constant cycle causes mental and physical stress, and can bring on serious illness such as heart attack, stroke, memory loss, and premature death.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Pauses in breathing of 10 seconds or more
  • Waking feeling fatigued even after eight hours of sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Inability to concentrate

How Can My Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?

That’s a great question! Often, we can ease the symptoms of sleep apnea with a small, comfortable oral appliance called a nightguard. By positioning the jaw and tongue forward, the nightguard allows you to breathe more easily and stops the snoring associated with sleep apnea. Dr. Dames can help determine if you suffer from sleep apnea, and fit you for a nightguard to help you get a better night’s sleep tonight. Don’t wait. Your health is too important!

Need more information about snoring and sleep apnea, and how a dentist can help?
Call North Park Family Dental in Grand Rapids, MI at (616) 361-7265 today!

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