Does your significant other often complain about loud, obnoxious snoring on your part? Do you often wake up feeling tired, like you barely slept at all? This may be a warning sign of a serious sleep disorder, one linked to snoring and one that affects over ten million people in the United States. Do you need treatment for sleep apnea? Will this help you stop snoring?
Try Our Snoring and Sleep Apnea Quiz
- True or False: Snoring may be linked to sleep apnea.
- True or False: Without treatment, OSA leads to serious complications.
- True or False: There are multiple symptoms.
- True or False: We can help you sleep better with an oral appliance.
- True. Sleep apnea occurs when airflow is completely blocked during sleep as a result of soft tissue in the throat and mouth collapsing. Patients snore when the airflow is partially blocked and air is forced through, vibrating the soft tissues. As a result, a patient who snores could potentially be at risk.
- True. OSA can eventually lead to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, lack of sleep can make driving and operating machinery very dangerous. Finally, you may also be at a higher risk of developing depression.
- True. You may also notice episodes where you wake up gasping for air or even choking. Moodiness and daytime drowsiness are also common symptoms of poor sleep. Don’t ignore these warning signs. Talk to your dentist to see if you may need treatment for sleep apnea.
- True. The appliance is worn at night and resembles a nightguard. We recommend the device because it moves the jaw forward slightly, which helps prevent soft tissue collapse and keeps airways open.
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Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, a native New Yorker, has welcomed patients and families from in and around Astoria, NY (including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all surrounding communities) since opening his dental practice in 1991. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Leibowitz, call our office in Astoria today at 718-728-8320.