Does your loved one snore loudly and continually? Snoring that occurs even occasionally can be an indication of something more serious. In fact, a snoring bed partner isn’t just keeping you from a restful night of sleep. They could be experiencing sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that needs the attention of a sleep medicine professional in State College.
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes the sufferer to stop breathing for up to ten seconds at a time. These abnormal pauses in breather can occur as many as 5-30 times an hour throughout the night. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by low muscle tone and soft tissue around the airway, sometimes the result of excess weight and sometimes simply the result of genetics. If the airway becomes blocked at night by soft tissues, snoring can occur, as well as other symptoms of sleep apnea.
If you wake up multiple times during the night, gasp for air, toss and turn, snore, and don’t feel rested although you’ve been in bed for a full eight hours, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. As with any sleep related disorder, sleep apnea causes significant and very serious daytime symptoms as well. Daytime drowsiness, headaches, irritability, poor memory function, confusions, moodiness and personality changes, and sexual dysfunction can all signify sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that carries with the risk for severe complications, such as:
In addition, here are some risk factors for sleep apnea:
Thanks to Dr. Mark’s unique competency in dental sleep medicine and knowledge in alternative sleep apnea therapy treatments, he’s been honored as the 11th dentist in Pennsylvania to receive diplomate status from The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM.) This board is the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) specifically with oral appliance therapy. Adults and children alike can largely benefit from this unique and proven approach to treating common symptoms of this chronic and potentially debilitating condition.
Did you know that you can receive sleep apnea therapy from your State College family dentist? Dr. Marks offers sleep apnea therapy that’s comfortable and that provides relief from snoring so you can get the rest you need. A simple oral appliance positions the bottom jaw forward, opening the airway and repositioning the tongue. Not only will you feel rested and rejuvenated in the morning, your loved one will too!