That Snoring Isn’t Just Annoying, It May Be More
- Posted on: Jan 30 2017
OK, so the roof of your house lifts off and comes back down with every snore-addled breath you take at night. You wife wants to kill you. Your dog wants to kill you. Even the neighbors when the windows are open have threatened to move.
More than annoying, however, that snoring could be affecting your health. Dr. Miller can check you out for sleep apnea.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea means that your breathing often becomes blocked or partially blocked while you sleep. The problem can be mild or severe, based on the number of times your lungs don’t get the proper amount of air. During an hour, this shortfall can happen from five to 50 times!
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which is the sort that Dr. Miller addresses.
What causes sleep apnea?
Blocked or narrowed airways in your nose, mouth, or throat can lead to sleep apnea. This blockage is usually the result of your throat muscles and tongue relaxing while you are asleep.
Sleep apnea can also occur if you have large tonsils or adenoids. It’s not a problem when you’re standing, but when you lie down they can press down on your airway, narrowing it.
Sleep apnea is more likely if you’re overweight, if you take certain medications or drink alcohol before you go to bed, or if you sleep on your back.
Symptoms of sleep apnea
Because your sleep is interrupted during many of your breaths, symptoms of sleep apnea are usually physical:
- Not feeling rested after a full night’s sleep
- Waking up with a headache
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Dry mouth upon waking
Your partner may notice these actions while you’re sleeping:
- You stop breathing.
- You snore loudly.
- You gasp or choke.
- You toss and turn.
Treatment with Dr. Miller
Some people with sleep apnea have had a professional sleep study and often placed on a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine. It is cumbersome and limits sleep positions.
Dr. Miller uses a simple, alternative therapy. He fits patients with an appliance called a Thorton Adjustable Positioner mouthguard. It easily snaps over your upper and lower teeth, and it holds the jaw forward, preventing the tongue and throat tissue from collapsing or blocking the airway. It is highly effective, and non-invasive therapy for sleep apnea.
If you think you may have sleep apnea, call Dr. Miller at 503-640-9310 and let’s check you out. Then you’ll be on your way to a good night’s sleep once again!
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