Chronic snoring may be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleeping disorder
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
Many bed partners are affected by chronic snoring. But did you know that chronic snoring may be an indication of a much bigger problem, such as a sleeping disorder called obstructive sleep apnea?
Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental in Portland, OR work closely with patients to help them determine if their snoring is a result of a serious problem and requires assistance to control.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Also known as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can negatively impact the ability for a patient to get a good night’s rest. What happens is a blockage is caused in the airways of the throat and causes patients to wake up—sometimes hundreds of times in one night. This leaves patients tired no matter how long they spend sleeping, and can result in a variety of problems, including:
• Chronic snoring
• Daytime fatigue
• Morning dry mouth
• Chronic headaches
If patients are snoring on a regular basis and waking their bed partners, this may be an indication that a problem is occurring. We encourage patients who are worried they may have a sleeping disorder to work with their primary physician to undergo a sleep study and get a proper diagnosis. Many physicians will recommend the use of a CPAP machine to address obstructive sleep apnea. However, patients are welcome to visit NW Heights Dental to learn about an alternative.
What is oral appliance therapy?
With oral appliance therapy, patients with obstructive sleep apnea can restore their ability to rest easy each night. This treatment uses a specialized mouth guard that keeps the jaw aligned, and the airways open so patients can reach the deep, restorative sleep they need to feel their best every day—and combat their condition.
Want to learn more about treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea?
Contact the team of NW Heights Dental today to book a consultation visit with Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert to discuss the options available to you. Our practice is conveniently located in Portland OR at 975 NW Saltzman Road and can be reached at (503) 646-1463 to schedule an appointment.
Posted in: Sleep Apnea & Snoring