How Snoring Impacts Your Life
Does your spouse constantly nudge you at night because of your snoring?
Snoring affects nearly 90 million Americans. It’s commonly perceived to be a harmless habit, but snoring can be a major cause of conflict in a relationship. It can also prevent your partner from getting enough sleep, threatening their health and making them feel drowsy, moody, and lethargic during the day.
Don’t allow snoring to threaten your health or damage your relationship. Here at Oakland Family Dental in Waterford, we feature a number of effective treatments to relieve your snoring, allowing you and your partner to sleep comfortably without interruption all through the night.
Our Effective Snore Guards
Snoring is a sound caused by the vibration of tissue. It occurs when air is forced through a space that’s restricted by excess tissue. This is commonly the result of the tongue falling back into the airway and creating an obstruction.
A snore guard is a dental device that eliminates snoring by slightly repositioning your jaw. This has the effect of opening up your airway, eliminating the source of the vibration. Our custom-fitted snore guards are made just for you.
Snore guards are an easy and comfortable way to relieve snoring. You can take your snore guard anywhere and it isn’t restrictive, allowing you to sleep in any position you please.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
In addition to disturbing the people around you, loud snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that can lead to a number of serious medical consequences if left untreated. In fact, almost three out of four people who snore are also suffering from sleep apnea.
Dr. Sheehan will ask you some questions about the quality of sleep you’ve been getting and she’ll also examine your mouth and airway for signs of sleep apnea. If there’s any reason to suspect sleep apnea, she’ll make sure you get the correct diagnosis from a qualified sleep physician.
What’s a Sleep Study?
Snoring may seem like a small problem, but it’s a frequent symptom of OSA, a condition that can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and other complications if left untreated. If your heavy snoring is accompanied by OSA symptoms such as morning headaches or daytime fatigue and irritability, then you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
Dr. Sheehan is likely to recommend a sleep study is she notices signs of sleep apnea. A sleep study, also known as a polysomnography, is an overnight evaluation to determine if a patient is suffering from sleep apnea.
A sleep study can be conducted at a Sleep Center, but you can also use a portable device to take your sleep study at home. Here at Oakland Family Dental, we can provide you with a WatchPAT as an easy, effective method of diagnosing your condition. This FDA-approved, portable device allows you to get the answers you need about your sleep troubles right in the comfort of your own home.
The WatchPAT is worn like a watch and connects to a finger-based technology that tracks your true sleep time. Once you’ve tracked your data, you can upload it online so a board-certified sleep physician can examine your results and deliver your diagnosis right away.
Once you’ve been officially diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can return to our Waterford office to begin treatment with Dr. Sheehan.