Do you keep your partner awake with loud snoring?
Snoring may be more than just a sleep habit: it can be an indicator of an underlying health issue that can sometimes be detrimental to overall physical health and well being.
Patients who snore may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition which causes a patient to stop breathing momentarily during sleep and then resume breathing with a loud snore. During these apnea episodes patients with OSA are at risk of developing irregular heart rhythms and reduced oxygen flow to vital organs, including the brain. Snoring can truly be a sign of a serious long term health risk.
Dr. Cappy Sinclair, a general and cosmetic dentist, offers sleep apnea therapy for his Virginia Beach area dental patients. Dr. Sinclair has studied dental sleep medicine and understands that determining the cause of snoring is an important part of providing the correct treatment for long term relief from symptoms and possible health risks.
Symptoms of OSA:
Sleepiness or fatigue during the daytime
Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
Headaches in the morning
Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
Restlessness during sleep
Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
Difficulty getting up in the mornings
At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Sinclair offers oral appliance therapy for OSA patients: a customized oral device, called a snore guard, that is worn during sleep to help keep the airway open and prevent the sudden cessation of breathing and resulting snoring. Many patients prefer this type of therapy to using a machine device such as the CPAP- it is more convenient and comfortable in most cases.
Snoring can be detrimental to your daily life and also present health risks: if you or your partner snore it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sinclair at Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach. Get the treatment – and relief- you need for a good night’s sleep and a healthy life!