For many men and women, snoring is a common occurrence, just as it is for whom they share their bed with. This can cause sleepless nights and lead to friction within relationships. However, it may also be cause for concern as it can be a marker for potential serious health problems down the road.
Snoring is one of the hallmarks of sleep apnea, a condition in which the airway is blocked while you are sleeping. Oxygen levels are not where they should be, and sufferers wake up many times a night. The most serious cases can see sleep apnea sufferers waking hundreds of times a night without them being aware it is occurring. No wonder people wake up exhausted!
As a result of this, daytime fatigue is common, but there are other more serious conditions that can develop if sleep apnea is left untreated. Sleep apnea can increase the risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart attack
Treating Sleep Apnea
Treating your sleep apnea to eliminate snoring can be accomplished so that you will sleep through the night, as well as reducing adverse health risks. Dr. Whitmore can help determine the severity of your sleep apnea and offer you solutions to treat it. While many sleep apnea patients are treated using CPAP, Whitmore Dental offers oral appliances.
These are more comfortable and have high success rates in treating sleep apnea. Dr. Whitmore custom fits the oral appliance, which is worn like a mouth guard. By repositioning your tongue and soft palate, and ensuring your airway stays open while you sleep, the oral appliance will allow you to get the deep sleep your body needs.
If you suffer from nightly snoring, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.