Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Disorders

Are you tired from not getting enough sleep because you or your partner snore all night?

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Snoring not only can harm your sleep, but it also harms the sleep of your bed partner and other people in adjacent rooms. Snoring is a common sleep disorder that can affect people of all ages.

Occasional snoring is usually not serious, but habitual snoring may be the first sign of sleep apnea, a serious health condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does snoring happen?

When the structures in your throat are bulky or throat muscles relax too much, the airway may be obstructed while you are sleeping. Snoring results when air flows through these relaxed muscles, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe. This vibration is what causes snoring and makes that noise.

How do I know if I snore?

Some symptoms that can help you determine if you might be snoring are:

  • – Sore throat
  • – Restless sleep
  • – Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • – Difficulty concentrating
  • – High blood pressure
  • – Gasping or choking at night
  • – Insomnia
  • – Narcolepsy
  • – Restless Leg Syndrome

How can I control or stop snoring?

If you feel as though you and/or your partner may have any of the above mentioned symptoms, make an appointment with our specialist as soon as possible for a consult.
Our specialist will determine the severity of your snoring and develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs in order for you to live a healthier lifestyle by getting a full night’s rest.

Treatments for snoring include simple behavioral changes. If these treatments do not help you control or stop your snoring, your doctor may recommend an oral appliance (“bite plate”), a custom mouth piece that keeps your tongue from blocking the airway by moving your jaw and tongue forward.

At Bell Dental Care, Dr. Michael Kokolis specializes in making oral appliances to help control your snoring.

If none of the above behavioral changes help and your snoring persists and/or worsens and your daily life is being affected, you may be at risk for a serious health problem, Sleep Apnea.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is an illness often connected with chronic snoring. It is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Blockage in the throat can partially or completely stop air from flowing. If this happens, the brain tells the body to wake up just enough to tighten the muscles and open the airway. This cycle may repeat many times during the night.

What are the symptoms for sleep apnea?

The signs and symptoms for sleep apnea are:

  • – Hypersomnia – excessive daytime sleepiness
  • – Insomnia – difficulty staying asleep
  • – Loud snoring
  • – Observed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
  • – Abrupt awakenings during the night with shortness of breath.
  • – Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Our specialist may ask you to have a sleep study conducted as part of your evaluation. A sleep study tracks and monitors your breathing and body functions while you sleep at a Sleep Disorder Center overnight. The recordings are analyzed to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder. Then our specialist may commence planning your treatment.

What are the treatments for sleep apnea?

For mild, moderate and severe cases of sleep apnea, conservative treatments are available, including oral appliances. Surgical treatments for snoring/sleep apnea are considered once all other possible treatments have failed and the disorder is causing your health to be at risk.

If you suffer from snoring, come in for a consult with our specialist and they will determine if you may have a sleep disorder.

Please contact our office to set up a consultation.

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