Snoring can put great strain on relationships and cause wellness challenges for both partners.
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Below are some talking points regarding Sleep Apnea and Snoring.
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Q: Overcoming denial and getting to the first step - "I snore."
A: Whether you snore, or are one of the millions of Americans with a snoring partner, you’re here because what was once just a nuisance has turned into a health concern. And you are right to worry.
Denial, embarrassment, helplessness, and fear are real obstacles that need to be overcome when seeking information and treatment for sleep disorders. Skip the quick online solutions and over the counter remedies and seek professional help.
Q: How do I reduce snoring and promote wellness?
A: There are multiple ways to reduce snoring from lifestyle changes, allergy and infection repression, oral appliances, CPAP, or surgical treatments. A snoring management strategy is unique to each individual and focuses on the particular circumstances and causes of their snoring.
The path to wellness is similar for both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea patients. The best and simplest way to start is to complete our self screening tools and set up a consultation. An examination, typically followed by an at-home or in-lab sleep study, leads to a diagnosis and creation of a treatment plan.
Q: I snore. Does that mean I have sleep apnea?
A: No. While snoring may be a sign of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), not all people who snore suffer from sleep apnea. That said, snoring disturbs sleep patterns and reduces adequate rest which can lead to long-term health issues.
Habitually heavy snorers should be evaluated to ensure that sleep apnea is not a present. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms you should be should be immediately evaluated: witnessed episodes of breathing pauses, daytime sleepiness or fatigue, morning headaches.
Q: Why should I see a dentist for snoring?
A: One way to treat snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea is to use dental or oral appliances. These devices help to keep the airway opened throughout the night by shifting the position of the jaw or restraining the tongue.
Dentists partner with doctors and sleep specialists to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. If a patient qualifies for oral appliance therapy an experienced dentist is required to create fitted appliances and manage overall oral health.
Q: What is oral appliance therapy?
A: Oral appliance therapy is a treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A removable oral appliance, much like a retainer or mouth guard, is designed to enlarge the airway and prevent upper airway collapse.
Dental solutions are considered less invasive and more comfortable than standard CPAP therapy, but are not for everyone. The severity of a patients snoring or sleep apnea generally dictates the appropriate therapy.
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