SNORING… Sleep Apnea is more than just snoring, it’s a Health Risk!
Is snoring keeping your bed partner awake?
Loud snoring may indicate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Snoring is more than an annoyance to those around you; it may be a wake-up call indicating a much more serious problem.
What can I do about Snoring?
If you feel snoring is a problem, discuss it with your dentist or doctor. You may be a suitable candidate for a snoring oral appliance (oral airway dilator), which is one of the most efficient and effective methods for treating primary snoring.
Snoring appliances area made and fitted by your dentist and work by moving your jaw and tongue forward, thereby creating more space for you to properly breathe during the night. This reduces or eliminates snoring, but sometimes snoring indicates a more serious problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
How does snoring indicate Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are similar respiratory sleep disorders.
Snoring noise is produced when the air you breathe vibrates the tissues of the airway due to a blockage or narrowing of the airways (nose, mouth or throat). Snoring is often an indicator of something more serious called sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when your breathing regularly stops or is slowed for 10 seconds or longer due to blocked or narrowed airways.
Airway blockage may be caused by excess tissue in the throat or nasal passages, large tonsils, a large tongue and sometimes the structure of the jaw itself.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a common disorder that causes breathing pauses while you sleep. These breathing pauses may occur 30 times or more each hour. As a result, your quality of sleep suffers, making you tired during the day.
On top of that, you are often not the only one suffering – it may also affect your partner as well. Loud and consistent snoring can keep him or her awake at night and take a toll on his or her well-being.
Why is Obstructive Sleep Apnea a serious problem?
Being constantly awoken during sleep robs your body of the rest it needs to function properly during the day. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is classified as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the number of stops (apnea) or slow breathing (hypopnea) per hour.
What are the Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
- Enlarged tongue and / or tonsils
- Narrow airways
Obstructive Sleep Apnea symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, feeling tired during the day and/or lack of energy
- Waking up feeling exhausted from a normal night of sleep
- Restless sleep
- Restless legs, jerking or twitching at night
- Frequent bathroom visits
- Family history of sleep apnea
Symptoms that your bed partner is likely aware of are:
- Frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep
- Snoring, gasps, choking or gurgling sound
- Bruxism (tooth grinding), teeth grinding or clenching
Long term symptoms:
- Increased risk for hypertension and cardio-vascular disease
- Sexual dysfunction
- Compromised immune system
- Learning and memory problems
- Poor mental and emotional health
Health issues that can be attributed to Sleep Apnea:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Lung Disease
- Acid Reflux / Gerd
- Chronic Pain / Fibromyalgia
- Pervious Basal Surgery
- Oxygen Use
- Erectile Dysfunction
How do you test for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is tested by performing a sleep study, either in the comfort of your home or in a sleep lab, where a medical recording device is used to record the involuntary body functions that occur during sleep.
For Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sleep study needs to record the following:
- Airflow and respiratory effort
- Blood Oxygen
- Body Position
Do I have to sleep in a laboratory to be tested?
Not necessarily. You may be eligible for a home sleep study. A home sleep study is like a typical laboratory sleep study except that it is performed in the comfort of your own home using a small portable-monitoring device, such as the MediByte, that you wear while you sleep.
Am I eligible for a home sleep test?
Home sleep testing is a recognized procedure for the diagnosis and/or monitoring of sleep disordered breathing. Devices, such as the MediByte offered by Dr. Roberts at Adams Dental Group, help detect Obstructive Sleep Apnea in most people. If you meet the following criteria, you can take a home sleep test.
- You are between 18 and 65 years of age
- You snore or are at risk of mild, moderate or severe sleep apnea
- You have no other medical conditions
- Schedule a consultation with Dr. Roberts for complete details
What is the MediByte device?
The MediByte is a small device that records your body’s level of snoring and sleep apnea. The MediByte consists of the MediByte recorder, one or two belts, related cables and accessories.
Is the MediByte difficult to use?
No. The MediByte is one of the easiest Home Sleep Testing devices available on the market.
- Robert’s and his team will show you how to war the MediByte
- An instructional video is also available for you to watch
How long will I have to use the MediByte?
You may have to sleep with the MediByte for two complete nights.
- One night to establish a baseline assessment of your Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- One night with an oral appliance or CPAP to establish the level of improvement and monitor treatment effectiveness
What are the treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Treatment options include:
- Use of an oral appliance
- Use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine
- Weight loss
- Oropharyngeal exercises
- Surgical procedure
We Can Help!
To find out if you have Sleep Apnea or are putting your overall health at risk, due to interrupted sleep and snoring, please contact Adams Dental in Kansas City, KS to schedule your consultation. Dr. Travis Roberts can walk you through the Sleep Study process and determine the best course of treatment, so you can finally get a full night of sleep (and so can your bed partner)!!
Call or email us today to schedule your home sleep study! Let’s start you on the road to a great night sleep!