Did you know snoring can be a symptom of major health risks? Here are some frequently asked questions you may have about snoring.
1.) What are some symptoms of sleep disorders?
-waking up with headaches- feeling sleepy during the day -kicking or jerking your legs while sleeping- waking up with shortness of breath -having trouble losing weight -been told you stop breathing while asleep -trouble concentrating or remembering things-snoring
2.) Why should I be concerned if I have these symptoms?
If you stop breathing over and over while when you sleep, it wrecks havoc on your body. Oxygen levels in your blood drops and your heart rate increases. Your body sends signals to your brain that you need to fight for more air which causes you to wake up slightly (you may be unaware you are even waking up). If not taken care of, it can worsen over time and cause many other health issues.
3. So, what can my dentist do about this problem?
Dentists are in a great position to identify signs of snoring and apnea because they spend a great deal of time looking in their patient’s mouths. Many patients tell us that their physicians have prescribed a CPAP for their breathing issues but do not like it and do not use it. We have another option for our patients. We have the patient do a sleep study in their home and then he will go over the results with the patient. With the use of an oral appliance, we can provide a comfortable, easy to use option for a more restful sleep. Ask your Golden CO dentist for more details today.
Snoring and sleep apnea affects as least 20% of the adult population in the United States. Men and women of all shapes and sizes suffer from sleep disordered breathing. More than 80% of these people have never been diagnosed and don’t know they have a serious medical condition. DON’T BE ONE OF THESE PEOPLE! Talk to your physician or dentist at your next appointment.