“What was that sound?” you think to yourself as you open your eyes.
Whatever it is, it’s close. It sounds a little frightening, and it’s loud. You slowly turn over. If you can’t sleep, you want to see what’s keeping you awake …
It’s what you expected. Your partner is snoring — again — and that means you will have another night struggling to sleep.
The scariest part isn’t the sound of your spouse snoring. Rather it’s the silence when they stop breathing. And when you are awake, you are more aware of those stoppages, when seem to last longer than they should.
That may be a clue that your significant other has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s also something we can treat at Complete Health Dentistry of WNY.
At our Buffalo, NY dentist office, we can design an oral appliance that could help your spouse keep breathing and snore less, so you can sleep easier, too. Call 716-272-1257 to request an appointment with one of our doctors.
Why They Are Snoring
OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea. This is a sleep disorder that causes people to stop breathing when they fall asleep. These disruptions can occur dozens of times every hour and hundreds of times each night depending on the severity of their condition.
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, a majority of people with this condition have never been diagnosed. This also means that most people with OSA are not treating it.
And when left untreated, OSA is known to increase people’s risk of cardiovascular and heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
We want you and your loved ones to be as healthy as possible. Getting healthy sleep is part of that. The problem with OSA is that it prevents you and your partner from getting the deep sleep that you deserve.
The snoring you hear is a result of your partner’s airway slowly closing as they fall asleep. When they are no longer able to breathe, their body responds by waking them up. This may be very brief, but it also means your loved one rarely gets beyond the stages of light sleep.
The stress of repeated breathing stoppages also causes their body to release stress hormones. That could help explain why people with sleep apnea are more likely to have high blood pressure.
How To Stay Asleep
You want to sleep through the night, and you want the same thing for your spouse.
To do that, you need a treatment that will allow them to continue breathing. That means finding a way to keep their airways open as they drift off each night.
Many times, a CPAP is the first option for treating OSA. With a CPAP, your loved one will wear a mask so the machine can push air into their airway to keep it open. This can be effective when used correctly, yet the sleep apnea association has noted that 50 percent of people give up on their CPAP within a year.
A dental alternative is an oral appliance. This is like a mouthguard that is custom-fitted for your loved one. When worn, this shifts the position of the lower jaw slightly. That keeps their airway open, so they snore less and sleep longer.
Get Some Rest
Whether you are lying awake because of your significant other’s snoring or due to worry about their health, you have a good reason to visit Complete Health Dentistry of WNY in Buffalo. Call 716-272-1257 today or contact us online to request a consultation.