Snoring during sleep may be more than just a sleep habit: it can be an indicator of an underlying health issue that can sometimes be detrimental to overall physical health and well being.
Patients who snore may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition which causes a patient to stop breathing momentarily during sleep and then resume breathing with a loud snore. During these apnea episodes patients with OSA are at risk of developing irregular heart rhythms and reduced oxygen flow to vital organs, including the brain. Snoring can truly be a sign of a serious long term health risk.
Dr. Roy and Dr. Adam Eskow offer sleep apnea therapy for their Washington DC area dental patients. Determining the cause of snoring is an important part of providing the correct treatment for long term relief from symptoms and possible health risks. Drs. Eskow have post graduate training in the field of sleep medicine and understand the health risks associated with snoring.
Symptoms of OSA:
- Sleepiness or fatigue during the daytime
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- Headaches in the morning
- Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
- Night sweats
- Restlessness during sleep
- Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
- Difficulty getting up in the mornings
Drs. Eskow of Bethesda Dental Implant Center often recommend oral appliance therapy for OSA patients: a customized oral device, called a snore guard, that is worn during sleep to help keep the airway open and prevent the sudden cessation of breathing and resulting snoring. Many patients prefer this type of therapy to using a machine device such as the CPAP- it is more convenient and comfortable in most cases and patients are more likely to use this appliance each night. In many cases, consistent use of an oral appliance combine with affecting lifestyle changes such as weight loss can manage OSA and improve a patient’s overall health.
Snoring can be detrimental to your daily life and also present health risks: if you or your partner snore it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr Roy or Adam Eskow in Bethesda. Get the treatment – and relief- you need for a good night’s sleep and a healthy life!