Snoring loudly enough to wake up your sleeping spouse may be more than just annoying, it could signal a serious health problem.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. The signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea overlap, sometimes making the type of sleep apnea more difficult to determine. Most of the time people don’t think much about snoring or sleeping a little less as they age.
Talk with your doctor about any potential sleep problems, especially if you snore loudly. There are also other sleep disorders like narcolepsy that can cause day time sleepiness. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the muscles in the back of your throat relax and collapse — blocking the airway. When this happens your brain sends a signal that you need air and causes you to wake up and getting air in. The airway being blocked is what causes the vibration that we call snoring and can happen hundreds of times a night.
Narrow Airway – Some people are just designed with a narrow airway that can cause sleep apnea. Being a Man – Even though sleep apnea is common in both sexes, men have more than double the chance of having sleep apnea. Elderly – If you are over 60 you are a high risk of having sleep apnea and should get a sleep study. Family History – Just like diabetes and heart disease, if you have close family members with sleep apnea you may also have it. Ethnicity and Age – The young black community (under 35) has an especially high risk of sleep apnea.
Smoking – As with everything, smokers have a three times higher chance of developing sleep apnea. Sinus Congestion – Those that experience excessive nasal congestion and sinus infections tend to have a high probability of having sleep apnea.
Heart Disease – If you have heart disease you are at risk of having central sleep apnea. Stroke or Brain Tumor – The neurological damage done by these may also cause central sleep apnea.
If you or your partner thinks you may have sleep apnea you should talk to your primary physician right away and ask about getting a sleep study. The most common test is an overnight sleep study, otherwise known as a nocturnal polysomnogrpahy test. Overnight Sleep Study – Your sleep study will include you being hooked up to a number of wires on your head, face, chest and legs. If you do have sleep apnea you doctor may refer you to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor and a Cardiologist.
The ENT can check for any blockages that may be causing sleep apnea — and the cardiologist will screen for heart conditions since sleep apnea can be a cause of heart disease.

Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) – These are small disposable items that you place over each nostril when you go to sleep.
Oral Appliance – While not nearly as effective as CPAP, oral appliance are far easier to use and tolerate for many patients.
Pillar Procedure –  Tiny rods are implanted to keep the soft palate from collapsing and is typically used for treating mild sleep apnea.
If you or your partner have been seeing any of the signs that you may have sleep apnea, please talk to your doctor right away. As you can see sleep apnea is far more dangerous than keeping people up at night because of snoring!
If you have any questions about getting a sleep study or sleep apnea, feel free to call us at Advanced Sleep Rx at (312) 809-7014.
Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Loud snoring often disturbs the person in the bed who isn't the one doing it, robbing him or her of vital sleep. A person with sleep apnea may wake 50 or more times per hour — that's almost once a minute! Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious matter as it can lead to heart problems and other health issues.
Only a dentist can fabricate, fit, adjust, monitor, and treat complications associated with Oral Appliance Therapy used in managing SRBD.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Snoring is annoying to those who have to listen to it, but it can also signal a serious health condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts, waking you-and your bed partner-from a sound sleep.
You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately that means millions of people go undiagnosed each year that should be getting a sleep study. An overnight sleep study is when you stay over night at a sleep center for evaluation and treatment for sleep apnea. Medicare does not accept them for treatment of sleep apnea and are generally considered to be far lower in quality compared to an overnight sleep study.
They are general much simpler forms of an overnight sleep study which monitor the basics like breathing, heart rate and oxygen levels. This machine is set to a large range and is constantly adjusting to your breathing as you sleep. The reason they are not considered immediately is because they have a far lower success rate and very painful recovery. Your jaw may be broke and repositioned to allow you to breathe at night without sleep apnea. An inhalation and exhalation setting, which the exhalation setting being lower than the inhalation.

There is a really chance of developing serious and life threatening health conditions that can easily be treated. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. This is caused by soft tissues near the back of the throat collapsing during sleep so that they partially close off the windpipe. So if you or a loved one is experiencing any combination of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, a consultation with a dental professional is a good idea. Individuals with OSA experience significant airflow disruption during sleep, which in turn can cause a variety of health problems. There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea in which the muscles in the back of your throat relax, narrowing or closing your breathing airway, causing your breathing to momentarily stop, which wakes you from sleep.
That is why you are more likely to suddenly wake up gasping for air when you have central sleep apnea.
If the home sleep study comes back positive your doctor may then have you come in for a night of CPAP treatment at the sleep center.
The less common form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea in which your brain fails to transmit signals to your breathing muscles, causing you to awaken with shortness of breath.
Sometimes this is related to sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) — their own, or those experienced by their sleeping partners. Snoring is often worsened sleeping on one's back because this encourages the lower jaw to slip back, which in turn pushes the tongue in front of the airway.
Sleep apnea can lead to a host of health maladies, especially cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, and heart arrhythmias. The link between sleep apnea and heart disease may be associated with obesity, although studies are suggesting that sleep apnea itself may lead to or worsen cardiovascular problems. Finding Relief After evaluating your symptoms, your doctor may refer you to a sleep disorder specialist, who will probably recommend overnight monitoring in a sleep center to observe your breathing during sleep.
For mild cases of sleep apnea, making some lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, may be all that's needed to help you get a good night's sleep. However, if your apnea is more severe, you may need to be fitted for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that delivers air pressure through a mask that's placed over your nose while sleeping. The air pressure from the CPAP machine keeps your upper airway passages open, preventing apnea and snoring. In some cases, surgery to remove excess tissue from the nose and throat, which may be blocking the upper air passages, may be necessary to give you relief.

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