Snoring & Sleep Apnea: The Links
Restful and restorative sleep is crucial for maintaining your active lifestyle, from processing emotions to increasing energy levels. Natural sleep cycles help your brain recover and reset from what you’ve experienced the day before. But if you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you may not be achieving the proper rest you need to stay as sharp and alert as you’d like.
Many people believe that snoring will accompany their sleep apnea symptoms or that snoring always indicates sleep apnea. However, the signs and symptoms of the disorder may be harder to notice without a professional sleep study.
Read more about the symptoms of sleep apnea in our guide below.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which soft tissue in the throat collapses, blocking the airway. The disorder causes lapses in breathing that force the brain awake, interrupting the sleep cycles. It’s frequently caused by excess soft tissue around the throat or having a small airway.
The symptoms of sleep apnea can include the following:
- Daytime exhaustion
- Morning headaches, dry mouth, & sore throat
- Snoring or choking sounds during sleep
- Inability to fall asleep or wake up
- Irritability, mood swings, & difficulty focusing
- Frequent nighttime wakeups & urination
As uncomfortable as these symptoms are, many people may not associate their daytime symptoms with sleep apnea because they don’t remember waking up at night. However, it can be subtle and nearly undetectable without a professional sleep study with a specialist.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Solutions
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine
After a definitive diagnosis from your sleep specialists, often the first recommendation from a doctor is CPAP therapy. This machine keeps light pressurized oxygen flowing through your airway to force any soft tissue away from the opening. You’ll breathe through a mask that fits over your mouth and nose while the machine pumps pressurized air into your lungs.
Oral Appliance Therapy
For many patients, finding an alternative to CPAP is crucial. While it pumps oxygen into the airway, some patients find that CPAP forces them to sleep in positions that aren’t comfortable. Others may find that the low drone of the machine makes it hard to fall asleep. That’s why our Farmington dentist offers oral appliance therapy for your treatment.
We create our custom oral appliances to hold your airway open as you sleep. It fits into your mouth perfectly and allows you to breathe clearly throughout the night. Plus, its small size makes it perfect for traveling or sleeping in any position.
Treatment for Snoring
While heavy snoring isn’t always associated with a sleep disorder, it can still be bothersome to your partner’s sleep and your health. Thankfully, our dentist in Farmington can create oral appliances that work to alleviate snoring as well. These mouthguards are personalized to help you maintain a clear airway, eliminating the blockage that causes loud snoring.
Discover CPAP Alternatives With Dr. Schumacher
Our Farmington dentist has worked hard for years to create the best sleep apnea solutions available. We provide customized oral appliances that keep your airway open all night, so you’ll get the restorative sleep you need.
Contact us today at (505) 327-4863 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Schumacher or learn more about sleep apnea and our solutions on our sleep website.