Understanding Snoring and the Link with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Portland, OR area patients who are being told from their sleeping partner that their snoring has gotten out of hand may not be aware of what this problem may indicate. Some patients snore because of loose tissues in the airways which vibrate while they sleep. However, other patients may snore because they have a more serious problem such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Understanding the sleeping disorder of obstructive sleep apnea

Many patients who have obstructive sleep apnea may not even know it. It goes undiagnosed in many patients because the symptoms of the condition are either related to many other conditions or are not even noted. For example, a symptom of a patient with obstructive sleep apnea is ceased breathing sometimes hundreds of times a night—followed by gasping for air. A sleeping partner may be able to notice these symptoms and notify the patient—but a patient who sleeps alone may never realize this condition is present.

Snoring is a problem in and of itself, but it can also be a sign that obstructive sleep apnea exists. This is why patients who are dealing with snoring will want to visit their primary care physician to determine if obstructive sleep apnea is a more accurate diagnosis of their condition. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can impact one’s daily life. Patients may never feel rested, and this is because they never reach the deep level of sleep they need each evening. These patients may also notice increased depression and anxiety, and reduced memory and concentration. Patients may also experience daytime fatigue and insomnia. By visiting a doctor for a sleep study, this condition can be diagnosed—and in many cases, can be treated by a dentist through oral appliance therapy.

Call today to learn more about obstructive sleep apnea and snoring treatments

Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert are dedicated professionals at NW Heights Dental ready to help Portland, OR area patients with their oral health care needs. If you live in or around the community and are interested in working with a team of committed dentists, we welcome you to call our office at (503) 646-1463.

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