Sleep is a valuable commodity—just ask the person lying next to you at night who doesn’t get enough of this commodity because you snore. And as if you’re snoring weren’t bad enough, it can also be a sign of a serious ailment called sleep apnea that can actually have side effects that are life threatening. Fortunately, there is a solution. To stop snoring, West Monroe, LA, residents see Dr. Scott who restores quiet and restful nights with a mouthguard.
Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea
Snoring happens when air from the lungs passes over tissue in your throat. When you sleep, this tissue as well as your tongue relax and loosen, which causes them to vibrate as you breath. Some people who snore also have sleep apnea. In this case, this same tissue falls back against your airway and blocks breathing. People with sleep apnea may stop breathing dozens of times a night for up to a minute at a stretch.
What are the Side Effects of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is proven to be connected to a number of other bodily ailments, most notably high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. When breathing stops, the oxygen level in your blood drops. As a result, your heart works harder to pump more blood in order to get a sufficient amount of oxygen to your vital organs. Hence, high blood pressure develops. Other conditions linked to sleep apnea include:
In addition, many people with sleep apnea feel tired day after day, because the brain awakens the body to restart breathing when there is sleep apnea at night. This daytime sleepiness is sometimes the root cause of driving accidents.
Solving Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Both snoring and sleep apnea can be remedied simply by wearing a custom fitted oral appliance called a snoreguard. Made of smooth plastic, a snoreguard is worn nightly to shift your lower jaw forward in order to keep your airway open. Since 1989, Dr. Scott has successfully treated snoring and sleep apnea with a snoreguard. He currently uses the SomnoMed and the TAP III appliance most often.
Stop Snoring West Monroe, LA
If you or a loved one snores at night, then call the office of Dr. King. He can determine if the problem is snoring or sleep apnea, and treat either with a snoreguard. Then, you and the person lying next to you will have more of that precious commodity called sleep.