Sleep Apnea: More than a Snore

If you have a snoring problem, you may not even know it — that is, unless you sleep beside someone else. Most people find out they’re chronic snorers from a significant other or roommate. Other than being disruptive, snoring can seem like a benign problem, and it may be that. However, if you have sleep apnea, there may be other issues at play. Sleep apnea and snoring are often used interchangeably, but they are not one in the same. Sleep apnea can have serious medical ramifications if left untreated, so it’s important to identify this problem. The good news? Your dentist may be able to help.

Sleep Apnea Robs You of Good Sleep

If you find that you’re getting a healthy amount of sleep, but you wake up feeling unrested, this may be the result of sleep apnea. You can sleep through the night without getting all of the nutrients that good sleep provides. If you’re a chronic snorer and you get drowsy on a daily basis, sleep apnea may be the cause. This problem is the result of relaxed throat tissue that causes a blockage. The obstruction prevents you from breathing until your brain wakes you up. You may not even notice that you’ve woken up, and this can happen hundreds of times throughout a night.

How Your Dentist Can Help with Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Your dentist can provide you with a sleep apnea screening. They can observe your throat tissue and check for any blockages that may occur when you’re sleeping. Then, they can prescribe an oral appliance to help treat the problem. An oral appliance is a sort of minimally invasive adjustment that moves your jaw forward to prevent blockages.

Do You Suspect Sleep Apnea?

If you notice that you’re feeling unrested and drowsy after getting plenty of sleep, have yourself examined for sleep apnea. Dr. Carter and his talented staff offer screenings and oral appliances for those suffering from sleep apnea. Schedule an examination today by contacting Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN at 763-416-0606.