The relation between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea

People who snore during sleep can affect even the nights of those who does not snore. When a husband, wife or child snores, for example, chances are that those around them might feel the consequences of a bad night of sleep as well. Advances in sleep medicine and dental sleep medicine show studies aboutsleep disorders can be life threatening and have medical conditions that can be related to it (ex. strokes, hypertension, diabetes, sudden death, etc), but it can be treated.

Sleep Apnea affects adults and kids;

(a) Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Adults

(b) Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Infants,Toddlers and Kids

Even though it is a common condition, people who snore loudly and frequently must stay alerted for bigger issues. In addition to affecting the quality of sleep of those who snore, this may be the first sign of obstructive sleep apnea(OSA), a disorderthat is more likely to occur in older males that also struggle with obesity, smoking, family history, and thicker neck circumference. Treatments depends on the case’s severity and can include the use of oral sleep appliances, the removal of adenoids/tonsils (only in children and if necessary), functional jaw orthopedic treatment and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), but only a skilled doctor is able to know the best treatment for every case.

During sleep there is a diameter reduction in the throat that obstructs the passage of air to the lungs, resulting in the vibration of the uvula, soft palate, and tongue. This vibration creates the distinctive sound of snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there are short pauses in breathing during sleep (stop breathing for 10 seconds at a time), causing the appearance of serious health issues. Every time someone stops breathing in the middle of the night, there is a decrease of oxygen circulating in the blood that overloads the heart and increases the risk of high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, strokes, and myocardial infarction.

Obstructive sleep apnea may be the reason forexcessive daytime tirednesseven after several hours of sleep. Waking up with headaches is a common symptom of OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). If are not able to tell if you snore, but is still tired after feeling that you slept hours enough, you should seekexpert medical assistance. Oasis Dental Milton’s Dr. Rick Soordhar and Dr. Vick Soordhar are experienced in the diagnostic and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in both adults and children. Contact us for more information.

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