Have you ever nudged your partner in bed because they were snoring up a storm? Turns out, loud snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea – a very common problem in American adults. In fact, millions of Americans deal with snoring while sleeping. Of course, not all snorers have sleep apnea, but it’s also a great warning sign to get checked out.

Learn more about Snoring from The Mayo Clinic

Is it Sleep Apnea or Just Snoring?

It helps to do your research and know the difference between normal snoring and sleep apnea snoring. Let’s break it down …

Regular Snoring

Snoring happens because the tissues in the throat relax and partially block the airway. Then the tissues vibrate, causing the snoring sound we all know. Your anatomy and lifestyle factors, like alcohol consumption and weight, can determine the way you snore.

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Sleep Apnea Snoring

Often, frequent and loud snoring is a major indicator of sleep apnea. When you experience sleep apnea snoring, your body takes multiple breathing pauses or shallow breaths during sleep. If someone with sleep apnea falls asleep, they could experience breathing pauses up to 10 seconds or even up to a minute. Obesity, large tonsils, or large tongues can also be contributing causes of sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

You can also look for other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea that include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Sore throat when wakening
  • High blood pressure
  • Restless sleep
  • Choking or gasping at night
  • Chest pain at night
  • Disruptive snoring
  • Poor attention span

Sleep Apnea Treatments can Protect Your Health

It’s so important to talk with your dentist and your doctor to determine treatment for sleep apnea and sleep apnea snoring. Sleep apnea treatments range from oral appliances, nasal strips, breathing machines, and even surgery, and it’s important not to underestimate the risks of leaving sleep apnea untreated. Many health complications, such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and more, can arise due to sleep apnea. Talk to Dr. Caye and his team about treatment options for sleep apnea and sleep apnea snoring. Ask if oral appliance therapy might be the right solution for you.

We Have Treatments to Help You

Research shows that oral appliance therapy, or wearing a mouth guard while you sleep, is an effective treatment option for sleep apnea snoring. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance and Dr. Caye is working on some exciting new treatments and services he will be recommending that could be the answer to your (and your partner’s) prayers!

Related Article: Receive Affordable Family Dental Care in Lee’s Summit at Premier Dental

We can Protect Your Smile TOO!

It’s also important to stay up to date on your cleanings and routine visits with Dr. Caye and his expert team. In the meantime, having a strong and steady oral health routine – brushing twice a day and flossing – is the best thing you can do for your oral health!

Don’t let Sleep Apnea compromise your health, call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Caye at 816-600-6330.

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Help with Sleep Apnea is Now Available at Premier Dental

Our team not only provides education focused on dental health for the entire family, but can also treat sleep apnea. It is important to Dr. Caye and his caring team of dental professionals work hard to make every dental appointment an enjoyable experience. We want all of our patients to feel comfortable visiting our office and confident that our team will help guide and support you & your family through a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles. We look forward to providing excellent and affordable family dental care for you and your family.

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal therapy, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.