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Is There A Snorer In Your House

Is There A Snorer In Your House?
Posted on 12/21/2022

Snoring is a sign of the upper airway being partially obstructed during sleep. OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) is when there are moments when breathing stops, fragmenting one’s sleep and potentially reducing oxygen levels in the bloodstream, and leading to daytime sleepiness.

Oddly enough, your family dentist may be the first medical professional to identify that such a problem may exist. Just think about it; when you are reclined in the dental chair, the dentist can see the position of your tongue and throat structures, very much like when you lay down to sleep.

Your north Macon family dentist can work with your physician or even refer you to a sleep specialist for necessary diagnosis to determine if there is the presence of snoring and/or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you want to determine if you have OSA, only a sleep study, called a polysomnogram, can give an exact diagnosis as to the severity and frequency of apnea.

If you are simply a snorer or have only mild apnea, your dentist may recommend an oral appliance that you wear during sleep. This appliance can reposition and hold the lower jaw forward to prevent the tongue and other structures from obstructing or blocking the airway.

If you wonder why you feel tired most of the time, OSA could be the cause. People who experience hypoxia (reduced levels of oxygen in the bloodstream) during sleep frequently report feeling some degree of daytime sleepiness. This is associated with:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Strokes
  • Mood Disturbance
  • Fatigue
  • Memory Impairment
  • and potentially, Drowsy Driving

If one has moderate or severe apnea, then the sleep physician will likely prescribe a CPAP. This is a machine that gently blows air to keep the airway open during sleep and is highly effective. If one has simple snoring or mild apnea issues, then either surgery or an oral appliance may be prescribed to maintain an open airway during sleep.

A dentist knowledgeable in treatment for Snoring/Mild Sleep Apnea, TMJ, and Headaches can serve as your central caregiver, monitoring the treatment and management of any of the above conditions that need care.

Ask your Macon family dentist if he/she is trained in these treatments, or visit the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine online at www.aadsm.org.

For additional assistance, contact Dr. Sheila Shah and MaconSmiles, located at 4929 Forsyth Road at Zebulon Road in Macon:  (478) 845-1245.

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