Don’t Let Snoring Keep You Awake

Snoring is not always just snoring. Snoring is just one sign that you may have a disorder called bruxism or one known as TMD or even another more dangerous one called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is common, afflicting an estimated 22 million Americans, and it is serious — even deadly. Yet a shocking 80% of cases remain undiagnosed. 

Don’t ignore the signs. For your own health — and for the quality of sleep of your family members too — seek help for your bruxism, TMD or sleep apnea-related snoring. 

At Parkway Dental, we offer an unobtrusive, easy-to-wear treatment for snorers. Our custom-made mouthguards open the airway and enable you to breath easily through the night and put a stop to any grinding too. To learn more or schedule a consultation, call our Snellville, GA office at [phone] or request an appointment via our website. 

Why Is Snoring Such a Problem?

When you suffer from bruxism, TMD, or sleep apnea, snoring is just a symptom of the bigger yet underlying issue, which can be that you are literally stopping breathing throughout the night in the case of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is caused by your brain failing to signal your muscles to breathe. But far more common is obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by a physical obstruction in your airway — typically, soft tissue hanging down from the back of your throat.  

Sleep apnea is an annoyance for sure, but its effects can be far more serious. It’s been associated with a host of health problems including:

  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

Plus, the fatigue caused by untreated sleep apnea makes suffers more likely to be in a motor vehicle accident than the general population. Drowsy driving puts you and everyone else on the road at risk. 

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

When you have sleep apnea, you may stop breathing hundreds of times per night. Each time this happens, you jolt awake, interfering with your sleep. These interruptions are so brief, you likely won’t even remember them in the morning. But you will feel their effects, including: 

  • Dry or sore throat upon awakening
  • Drowsy driving
  • Fatigue 
  • Moodiness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to focus
  • Insomnia

And sleep apnea not only affects your sleep, it affects your partner’s, who may experience some of the same symptoms. 

Who Gets Sleep Apnea?

Anyone can get obstructive sleep apnea, but it is more common if you have certain risk factors:

  • Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women
  • Obese people are at a higher risk
  • People with thick necks tend to have a narrower airway, increasing their chances
  • The older you are, the higher your risk
  • Some people may have a genetic predisposition to getting sleep apnea
  • Alcohol and other drugs may relax the muscles, causing the airway to close
  • Smoking increases your risk of sleep apnea
  • If you tend to be congested, you are more likely to have sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is not something to ignore. At Parkway Dental, we can craft you a custom mouthguard that will open your airway at night, improve your quality of life, and potentially improve your oral health along with your overall wellness. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online form or call our Snellville, GA office at [phone]. 

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