Could your snoring be caused by a sleep disorder?
While there are many reasons someone might snore, if you or your partner’s snoring is both regularly occurring loud, then it could be caused by a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which causes the airways to become blocked during a night's rest. Read on to learn the warning signs of sleep apnea and how our dentist, Dr. Steven Hinchey in South Glastonbury, CT, can help.
Do I have sleep apnea?
You could be dealing with sleep apnea if you,
- Snore loudly
- Experience frequent morning headaches
- Regularly wake up exhausted
- Deal with chronic and severe daytime fatigue
- Fall asleep easily throughout the day
- Experience brain fog and trouble concentrating
- Have memory problems
- Feel irritable or experience mood swings regularly
Usually, it’s a family member or spouse that notices shallow breathing or gasping sounds coming from their partner in the middle of the night. If your bed partner has complained about your snoring or these related issues, then it’s time to call your doctor for an evaluation.
I’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Now what?
If you just found out that you have OSA, you may be surprised to hear that our South Glastonbury, CT, general dentist can treat certain cases of the condition with one simple, convenient, and comfortable solution.
While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common solution for providing oxygen to a patient and to prevent airway obstructions, our dentist can also provide you with a custom oral appliance to manage your symptoms.
This oral appliance fits over your upper and lower teeth and is designed to shift the lower jaw forward to prevent tissue from collapsing or the tongue from blocking your throat while you sleep. Our dentist can design and fit you with this oral appliance in order to treat mild and moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
Concerned about your health? Give us a call
Are you dealing with snoring or sleep apnea in South Glastonbury, CT? If so, it’s time to find out how our dental team can help you. Call Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine today at (860) 633-6518 to schedule a consultation.