Is snoring a sign that I have sleep apnea?
Snoring loudly while sleeping is a common sign of sleep apnea. If you snore loudly it is a good idea to get screened for sleep apnea, a medical condition that can be life-threatening and should be addressed by a medical doctor.
Dr. Heather Adams has advanced training in the screening process to determine if further testing is needed to diagnose and/or treat a patient for sleep apnea or sleep disturbed breathing (snoring and/or sleep apnea). A student of the SPEAR institute for post graduate studies in dentistry, Dr. Adams has taken continuing education courses on spotting the oral signs of sleep apnea. Patients are encouraged to talk about their lifestyle habits and sleep concerns with Dr. Adams to allow for early intervention and treatment.
Signs you may have sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Chronic fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating and irritability
- Waking gasping for air
- High blood pressure
Sleep Apnea & Your Wellness
Sleep allows your mind and body to refresh and heal, sleep apnea can prevent you from getting a good nights sleep and may make it difficult to live a productive, fulfilling life.
Sleep apnea impacts your dental and systemic health. Patients who have sleep apnea are more prone to heart attacks, strokes, and depression.
Anyone could develop sleep apnea, even at a young age. However, the majority of patients with sleep apnea are often over the age of 40, have a large neck circumference, may be overweight and are predominately male. Women can also develop sleep apnea and should also be tested. Patients who are diabetic or suffering from certain types of heart disease may also be at greater risk for sleep apnea.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Dr. Heather Adams offers oral sleep appliance therapy, an alternative to the CPAP, for the discreet and effective treatment of sleep apnea. A custom oral sleep appliance is designed to keep the airway open during sleep allowing the patient to breathe freely. Wearing an oral sleep appliance can help patients get a full night of good sleep so they wake up feeling refreshed and better equipped to manage their daily responsibilities.
If you snore, or wake with headaches, be sure to contact Dr. Heather Adams to learn more about how sleep apnea therapy can help you.