May 15, 2014
If your partner frequently snores, stops breathing, snorts or makes strangling noises in the night, sleep apnea is a likely culprit. This condition can range from annoying to downright deadly, depending on the severity of the obstruction and the length of time that oxygen is cut off from the brain. Luckily, sleep apnea dentists can provide treatment to help you manage it and get your partner back to quiet, restful sleep.
What is Sleep Apnea?
When you are sleeping, the tissues of your throat relax. This can allow the flesh of your neck to partially collapse your airway. Your body, desperate for oxygen, then forces your airway open with each breath. The sound can be anything from a tiny grunt to an outrageously loud snorting. In severe cases, you will be unable to breathe at all. Your body will then transition from deep to light sleep, partially waking you, so you will swallow and open up your airway. No matter the severity of your sleep apnea, it can rob you of quality sleep and leave you feeling as if you received no benefit at all from a night’s rest.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
The annoying snoring or choking sound of sleep apnea is just a symptom of a much larger and scarier issue. Many apnea sufferers are, literally, strangling in their sleep. As noted earlier, the brain notices this and partially wakes up, opening the airway and saving the person’s life. This can happen 30 or more times an hour. If anything such as a few alcoholic drinks or a medicine that causes drowsiness interrupts this cycle, the brain is deprived of oxygen. In severe cases, it has caused death.
How a Dentist like Dr. Johnston can Help
A sleep apnea dentist can create a mouthpiece to hold your tongue and tissues out of your airway. Shaped like a retainer or a sports mouthguard, these appliances can often negate the need for a noisy and uncomfortable CPAP machine. This sleep apnea treatment is often best for mild to moderate cases. Weight loss, changing sleep position and wearing a dental mouthpiece may be just the ticket to stopping your significant other’s snoring once and for all.
Dr. Johnston here at Johnston Dental Care is fully aware of the devastating effects that sleep apnea can have on both the sufferer and their partner. If your lover or sleeping partner snores like a freight train or chokes in their sleep, set an appointment with Dr. Johnston for an evaluation for sleep apnea treatment. Quiet, restful sleep awaits!
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