If you snore loudly most nights, enough to where your spouse and family complain about it, then you’ve probably already given some thought to how to stop it. Maybe you’ve even researched or tried some of the products on the market that claim to eliminate it for good.
If your loud snoring persists, those products aren’t helping enough or at all. Which leaves you, and your family for that matter, no closer to finding relief. Why do we think summer is the perfect time to get to the bottom of your snoring problem, you might ask.
Well, there are a couple of reasons. For one thing, summer is a time when many families spend more quality time with each other because, generally, the kids are out of school for several weeks. Anyone who has a snoring problem, and anyone who lives with someone who does, might find themselves rather sleep deprived. So it’s tough to enjoy all that quality time if you’re overly tired.
Another reason we think summer is a good time to look further into your snoring problem is that it’s generally a time when you take family vacations. If you’re going to spend several nights sharing a hotel room with others, then snoring can pose quite a problem. Your family will have a hard time sleeping because of it, and you’ll have a hard time enjoying yourself because of the guilt you feel for keeping everyone up all night.
So our team at Cosmetic Dental Associates wants to devote today’s blog to a condition known as sleep apnea. It could be what’s behind your loud snoring every night. If it is, it’s important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Keep reading to find out the why and the how!
Spot The Signs Of Sleep Apnea
Your spouse and kids might tease you about your snoring habit, but the truth is that if sleep apnea is the root cause, it’s no laughing matter. Sleep apnea is a serious condition, and it can be quite dangerous. It’s basically a sleep condition where you stop breathing frequently throughout the night, and you keep jerking awake because of that lack of oxygen.
Sleep apnea can occur for two different reasons: either your brain is failing to signal your body’s breathing mechanisms or your airway becomes obstructed. Either way, it brings with it some common symptoms that are uncomfortable, to say the least!
-Chronic loud snoring
-Feelings of fatigue during the day
-Inability to focus
-Lack of sleep
-Dry mouth and dry or sore throat
-Breathing through your mouth
-Depression, irritability, and mood swings
You may exhibit some of these signs, or even just one of them, but you shouldn’t stop at self-diagnosis. If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, call Cosmetic Dental Associates now to schedule an appointment!
Add Sleep Apnea Testing To Your Summer To-Do List
You may be surprised that a dentist can actually treat sleep apnea, but our team at Cosmetic Dental Associates is well-trained and experienced in helping patients with this condition.
One of the ways we do that is through the use of mouthguards. Dr. Moore is a highly-skilled dentist who can custom-craft a sleep apnea mouthguard that basically works to keep your airways open while you sleep.
Since the mouthguard is especially designed to fit you, it’s a comfortable option that allows you to finally get some much needed sleep. An added bonus of sleep apnea treatment is that it allows the rest of your family to catch up on some sleep, too!
A custom sleep apnea mouthguard would easily travel with you as you and your family set out on vacation, if you have those plans in the works this summer. But the only way to know for sure if sleep apnea is what’s causing your nightly snoring and other symptoms is to visit our San Antonio dental office for an appointment with Dr. Moore.
Let us help you find a snoring solution before your family vacation or before your summer break with the kids draws to a close so you can all have a rejuvenating, enjoyable experience together!