You hear the sounds, but you almost can’t believe it. You aren’t sure you want to know what it is, although you are pretty sure that you do.
As you roll over, your fears are confirmed … your spouse is snoring again!
You wonder how a human being can make sounds like that, although that’s isn’t what concerns you the most. Your bigger worry is when your partner stops breathing. This happens for what seems like minutes at a time, and that has you worried.
The snoring and the breathing stoppages may both be symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. That can lead to other health problems, but there are treatments available. You can learn more about how to help your significant other by setting up a consultation at our Wayne, PA dentist office.
Call 610-227-6143 today to make an appointment at Wayne Dental Care.
Understanding The Risk
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. People with this condition can stop breathing hundreds of times every night, depending on the severity of their condition. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of this disorder.
When left untreated, OSA can raise someone’s risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Car accidents
When someone stops breathing, their body reacts in a few ways. First, that puts stress on the body, which causes the release of stress hormones. When this is happening multiple times per night, that keeps that person’s body in a stressed state.
Second, when someone stops breathing while they are asleep, their body will wake them up. This may be brief, and they may not remember it, but that will allow them to take a few breaths before they drift off again. At the same time, waking up frequently also prevents that person from getting deep, quality sleep.
Without that deep sleep, your loved one is likely to have sleep deprivation. That lack of quality sleep can lead to daytime fatigue, difficulty focusing, and thus a higher risk of automobile collisions.
Breathe Better To Sleep Easier
To treat sleep apnea, your partner needs to find a way to keep breathing. With OSA, breathing stoppages occur because their airways become blocked.
Many people will get a CPAP machine to deal with this. While they can be effective, the American Sleep Apnea Association reports that half of CPAP users quit using it within a year. The reason can vary from person to person. Some people find the mask irritating. Other people don’t like the feel of air being pushed into their airways or the sound the machine makes.
We offer a different solution that is custom-made to each patient and doesn’t make noise. We can design an oral appliance for your loved one to wear. This works by shifting the position of their lower jaw slightly. That helps to keep their airway open so they can breathe. This also reduces snoring, so you can sleep easier, too.
Get The Rest You Deserve
Healthy sleep makes a big difference in how you feel from day to day. At Wayne Dental Care, we want to help you and your significant other get the rest you both need and deserve.