Sleeping with a partner who consistently snores can be a trial. However, you might not realize that sometimes unchecked snoring can place you at risk for more than just losing a sleep partner. Though you might not think of visiting your dentist for your snoring problem, the truth is that the phenomenon typically originates with your oral tissues. Your Southlake dentists, Drs. Wright and Heron, explain how snoring can prove dangerous to your health when it indicates the presence of obstructive sleep apnea.
Explaining Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the result of tissues in your mouth and throat collapsing at night. Like the rest of your body, oral tissues relax when you sleep, and in some cases, they can inhibit your airway. The smaller your airway gets due to collapsing tissues, the louder snoring becomes as air struggles to squeeze past the shrinking space and causes the tissues to vibrate. Obstructive sleep apnea describes a condition where your airway is completely blocked and your breathing stops. After a few breathless moments, your mind will panic from the lack of oxygen and wake your body enough to start breathing again. Apnic episodes don’t usually wake you from consciousness, but they can occur hundreds of times in a single night and deprive your mind and body of entering the deep sleep they need to recuperate.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Luckily, not all snoring is indicative of sleep apnea, which is typically marked by repetitive episodes of extremely loud snoring, followed by a short moment of silence, then a gasp as you start breathing again. The lack of deep sleep can also cause symptoms of sleep deprivation, which include (but are not limited to);
• Daytime fatigue
• Constantly waking up with a headache
• Inability to concentrate
• Memory loss
• Unusual irritability
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.