Do you snore? Your family would know if you do. Unfortunately, snoring can be more than just an bothersome noise. It adversely affects your systemic health if it is a symptom of sleep apnea. Dr. L. King Scott helps individuals with this sleep disorder with sleep apnea therapy in Monroe so they can rest well and enjoy better health.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by loud snoring and repeated episodes of interrupted breathing which last 10 seconds or more. Snoring individuals suffer oxygen deprivation, making them startle awake several times a night, gulping for air. Also, sleep apnea disturbs members of the same household who are resting close by or even down the hall.
Additionally, people who snore show signs of:
- Daytime fatigue
- Excessive drowsiness
- Dry mouth, or xerostomia
- Morning headaches
- Mood swings, depression and anxiety
- Memory and concentration issues
In addition, medical research says sleep apnea is linked to systemic health problems such as Type-2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, obesity and more. As such, sleep apnea sufferers really need accurate evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of their condition.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects millions of Americans of all ages and walks of life. Men over the age of 40 seem more prone as do people with large neck circumferences, enlarged tonsils, and weight issues. Smokers or people who abuse alcohol commonly have sleep apnea, too.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three basic types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA, where tissues at the back of the throat collapse over the airway, blocking the free passage of air
- Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, in which the brain does not signal the respiratory system to breathe
- Mixed Sleep Apnea which combines Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea
Someone with symptoms of sleep apnea should tell his or her primary care physician who may recommend seeing a sleep specialist for in-office or at-home monitoring, diagnosis and treatment.
Your Dentist in West Monroe Can Help
Many sleep doctors prescribe CPAP Machines to treat sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This bedside apparatus opens the airway by delivering a continuous stream of oxygen via a nasal mask.
Unfortunately, some people find the noise of CPAP difficult, or they may be claustrophobic and do not tolerate the CPAP mask. These patients may benefit from a custom-made acrylic “snore guard.” A snore guard is an oral appliance worn whenever the patient sleeps. It puts the lower jaw into a more forward position and opens the airway.
Dr. Scott offers SomnoMed and Tap III oral devices to treat OSA. Used alone or with CPAP machines, these oral appliances are minimally invasive and comfortable. They work well to control snoring and other sleep apnea symptoms.
Are You Snoring?
Please don’t ignore it. Improve your rest, close relationships and health with a sleep dentistry consultation with Dr. L. King Scott. Contact his office staff for a convenient appointment. We know we can help.