It may be embarrassing, but the truth is that almost all of us snore occasionally. You may snore because of certain medications, alcohol consumption, or being overweight. However, snoring all the time and having the sensation that you have to struggle to catch your breath during sleep indicates that you may be suffering from a medical condition referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
What are the concerns?
OSA is serious and potentially life-threatening, and should be addressed as soon as possible. Studies have linked OSA to general health problems like high blood pressure and even strokes. However, in many cases, Dr. Davis can provide an appropriate solution that will allow you to finally get a good night’s rest.
Snoring isn’t always a sign that you have sleep apnea, but the possibility should be eliminated by your doctor. If your snoring is related to sleep apnea, you may be a good candidate for an oral appliance that will treat the problem safely and comfortably. In many cases, we can create a custom night guard that holds your jaw in a neutral position to minimize or eliminate snoring.
Is your snoring so loud and annoying that it keeps you and your partner awake at night? Please give us a call, and we’ll help you take the necessary steps to find the cause and determine the most appropriate solution.