Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA
Does a member of your family snore loudly? Do people complain about your own snoring?
Loud snoring is not just a nuisance for those around you. It is the most significant warning sign of a sleep breathing disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Why do we snore?
Snoring occurs when there is soft tissue present in your upper airway. It vibrates as you breathe, creating the snoring sound. If you snore, this means that soft tissue is partially blocking your airway.
Perhaps the most serious of the sleep breathing disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the airway becomes partially or completely blocked, limiting the air supply and disrupting your sleep.
While not everyone who snores has a sleep breathing disorder, it is considered one of the main symptoms of such an issue. If other members of your family notice you stop breathing while you sleep, even for just a few seconds, then it is much more likely that you have a sleep-breathing disorder.
Other symptoms such as fatigue, lack of focus or mood swings—in combination with loud snoring—increase the likelihood that a sleep breathing disorder is the cause. For children, often they exhibit ADHD-like behaviors, and may perform poorly in academics or sports.
How can I find out if I have a sleep breathing disorder?
Typical medical science requires a sleep study to determine if a patient suffers from a sleep breathing disorder, but the results of these studies can vary or be inconclusive—especially in children, which are often misdiagnosed as having behavioral disorders such as ADD or ADHD.
However, a sleep apnea dentist can diagnose a sleep breathing disorder by performing an airway evaluation. This evaluation will determine any collapses or risk of collapse of the airway. From there, treatment can be prescribed.
If you or a member of your family is a loud snorer, and especially if you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above in conjunction with snoring, then call Integrative Dental Arts at (818) 889-0400 to schedule a consultation.
Integrative Dental Arts provides oral health care with a holistic approach for patients in the Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village communities of southern California.
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