Snoring Problems - Sidney Ohio
Over 90 million people in America snore, and twice as many are negatively affected by it.
Snoring may occur every night or every so often. Males are typically more at risk than females as well as people who are overweight with no bearing on gender. Snoring problems usually increase and become more prevalent as people get older.
It can lead to fragmented and un-refreshing sleep which translates into poor daytime function (tiredness and sleepiness). The two most common adverse health effects that are believed to be casually linked to snoring are daytime dysfunction and heart disease. About one-half of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring interrupts your sleep cycle (as well as that of your bed partner). It can lead to poor sleep cycles which cause daytime sleepiness. Inability to function in the daytime and heart disease are the two most common adverse health effects of snoring. It can also be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems.
Our dental office in Sidney OH offers a simple take home sleep test called a Pulse-Oximeter, as a method for screening for sleep apnea. The Pulse-Oximeter measures and records your pulse and oxygen levels during the night. Significant drops in oxygen saturation may indicate a need for further testing for a more serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea.
Snoring that is not associated with sleep apnea can also be treated with an oral appliance that is worn during the night. The appliance keeps the airway open by holding the jaw and tongue in a comfortable forward position.
There are 40 million people who are suffering with Obstructive Sleep Apnea...ONLY 4 MILLION HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED! Could YOU be one of the 36 million going undiagnosed?
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a serious condition in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during your sleep. These stops in breathing can last from just a few seconds to minutes and you could have them 30 or more times within an hour. The brain goes into a panic when this occurs and "wakes up" the body to start breathing again. It can be a very dangerous and life threatening situation.
Here are some symptoms to indicate that you may have Sleep Apnea:
- You snore loudly while sleeping
- You experience recurrent awakening
- You suffer from insomnia
- You have GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
- Your blood pressure is elevated in the morning
- You experience excessive daytime sleepiness
- You have high blood pressure
- You are depressed or irritable
- You have diabetes
- You experience morning headaches
- You have impaired memory or problems concentrating
- You have experienced weight gain or are obese
People who sleep next to a chronic snorer also suffer and may experience:
- Fatigue and daytime sleepiness
- Memory Impairment
- Loss of Libido
- Weight Gain
In addition to the above Obstructive Sleep Apnea symptoms, here is a quick self assessment test you can take to identify whether you may be at risk for OSA and the associated health conditions.
Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS)
PLEASE NOTE: A score of 10 or greater is of serious concern and we highly recommend contacting our office for further testing. Disclaimer: An ESS score alone does not diagnose the nature of any sleep disorder, further information and testing is required.
Sleep Apnea stems from NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP and this can be DEADLY! People suffering from sleep apnea are 300% more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.
Lack of sleep makes you 23 times more likely to suffer a heart attack.
Other serious health problems such as:
- high blood pressure
- weight gain
have all been directly linked to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a killer and will shorten your lifespan. Getting a good night's sleep is your ticket to living a longer and healthier life.
How Can Dr. Van Treese Help?
Let's face it. All you want is a decent night's sleep and to wake in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Above all, you want to be in optimum health for a long, long time. Sufficient rest and sleep are essential for you to achieve these objectives.
Dr. Van Treese is a trained sleep dentist and has been providing quality dental care for over 28 years to families around the Sidney area.
He will help you and your loved ones get a better night's sleep which can improve your life immensely through overall health and wellbeing, better relationships, and improved job performance. He will provide you with proven, custom solutions (links to sleep appliance page) that work.
The initial consultation is COMPLIMENTARY. Save your or a loved one's life by calling our office today to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY consultation and in-home sleep screening.
NOT WEARING YOUR CPAP Machine?
It has been estimated that more than 50% of patients with CPAP machines do not use them so you are not alone. But your sleep apnea is also going UNTREATED and is most certainly effecting your health and well being.
Some patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate a C-PAP machine can be effectively treated with a custom oral sleep appliance.
Dr. Van Treese offers quiet and comfortable solutions as an alternative to your CPAP machine.
If you think you may have sleep apnea the first thing to do is schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese. At this appointment Dr. Van Treese will want to discuss your sleep habits, your levels of fatigue during the day and any other symptoms that may be occuring.
Dr. Van Treese will most likely recommend our take home Pulse Oximeter test as a means to screen you for sleep apnea. This easy test will monitor, measure and record your oxygen and pulse levels throughout the night.
Depending on the results of the test, there may be a need for further testing or sleep study in cases that appear to be more severe and more life threatening.
For cases that are mild to moderate, an oral sleep appliance will be custom made for you. The oral appliance works much like a orthodontic retainer or athletic mouthguard. You wear the appliance while you sleep and it works to keep your airway open by preventing your tongue and soft tissues from collapsing into your airway.
Oral appliances work in a few ways:
- They reposition the lower jaw and tongue.
- They keep the lower jaw and tongue stable.
- They increase the muscle of the tongue.
Advantages of Using an Oral Sleep Appliance:
- They are easy to wear and comfortable.
- They are easy to carry and small for traveling.
- They are not invasive.
- Treatment is reversible.
Using an oral sleep appliance for sleep apnea therapy can take several weeks to several months to complete. Even after your initial phase of treatment is done, Dr. Van Treese will continue to monintor your progress to make sure your treatment is successful and your jaw and mouth is responding properly to the treatment.