Medical experts estimate over 30 million American adults snore on a regular basis. While men are 50% more likely to snore than women, someone is losing sleep. Many people don’t consider a trip to the dentist to cure snoring, but Dr. Sheen has many options for couples or individuals struggling with snoring or sleep apnea.
Snoring Vs. Sleep Apnea
What is the difference between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is a symptom of Sleep Apnea. Snoring is a mild disorder that results from obstructed airways during sleep in which breathing becomes very loud.
An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a serious medical disorder and the most common form of sleep-related breathing disorders. Patients who suffer from OSA often stop breathing during their sleep for 10 or more seconds during the night. This deprives the internal organs of much needed oxygen, raising the risk for developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease or, stroke. If you already have heart disease or diabetes, OSA can exacerbate symptoms and make disease management more difficult.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
Although loud snoring is the most recognizable sign of a sleep disorder, there are other signs that indicate you may have sleep apnea if you are unaware that you snore. These can include:
- Feeling groggy upon waking, even after “sleeping” a sufficient number of hours
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
Snoring Solutions In Annapolis
While some patients are able to correct snoring by sleeping on their side, avoiding alcohol before bed, losing weight, quitting smoking, or treating allergies, others are unable to stop snoring without professional help.
A consultation is necessary for Dr. Sheen to determine if you suffer from simple snoring or OSA. He is then able to offer oral appliance therapy. Sometimes called a snore guard, this is a custom fit mouthpiece similar to a night-guard, which you wear while you sleep to realign the jaw and open airways for breathing.
Contacts us to schedule an appointment and learn more about snoring and sleep apnea and the treatment options at The Annapolis Center for Dental Health & Wellness. Our office is conveniently located near the Annapolis Mall and we are currently accepting new patients.