The Link Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Do you find yourself snoring on a regular basis? In addition to driving your significant other crazy, snoring may also be the first indicator of a serious dental health issue. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when soft tissues in the back of the throat obstruct airflow, causing patients to stop breathing for brief intervals during the night. The brain then wakes the patient to start breathing, preventing the deep, uninterrupted sleep necessary to feel rested and refreshed. At A New Smile Dental Group, we discuss the link between snoring and sleep apnea.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Quiz

1. True or False: Snoring is often a warning sign of sleep apnea.

2. True or False: Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to health complications.

3. True or False: Simple lifestyle changes can help address sleep apnea.

4. True or False: We may prescribe an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea and snoring.

Answer Key

1. True. Just because you occasionally snore doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea. Other symptoms that may accompany snoring include daytime drowsiness or waking up choking or gasping for air. If you notice these symptoms in addition to snoring, then schedule a consultation for a diagnosis.

2. True. Sleep apnea can lead to depression, increased blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.

3. True. Losing weight and avoiding alcohol or caffeine before bed and reduce the risk of sleep apnea. We also recommend keeping your bedroom dark, cool, and free of distractions to proper sleep, such as a TV.

4. True. Similar to a night guard, oral appliances move the jaw forward to prevent soft tissues from blocking airflow. An oral appliance is a conservative and minimally invasive treatment option for sleep apnea and snoring.

About Your San Fernando Valley Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.