October 1, 2016
All you want is a good night’s sleep, but your spouse’s snoring — and possibly sleep apnea — are making that impossible.
If you are spending night after night struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep because of someone else’s non-stop snoring, then it’s time to get help. Get it by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Sean Hanson at Oregon Smile Care Center.
You may be wondering what sleep apnea is. You may be wondering why a dentist in Salem, OR, can help with this condition.
We will address both those questions in a moment. For now, just know that Dr. Hanson became a dentist to help people, and that’s exactly what he wants to do.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
If you haven’t heard of sleep apnea, you aren’t alone. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 22 million Americans suffer from this sleep disorder, but a majority of them do not know that they have it.
Your spouse could be one of them. The loud, persistent snoring that is keeping you awake at night is one of the most common symptoms of this condition.
Keep in mind that everyone snores sometimes, but people with sleep apnea seem to snore almost relentlessly whenever they fall asleep.
That’s snoring becomes louder when your spouse’s airways are restricted, which is exactly what happens to someone with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the most common form of this sleep disorder.
When someone with OSA falls asleep, soft tissues collapse into their airways. Being overweight can make this issue worse, although people with all body types can have sleep apnea.
That restricted breathing causes the loud snoring until the breathing stops completely. If you are awake because of your spouse’s snoring, then you may be quite aware of these breathing stoppages as well.
These stoppages can occur more than 30 times per hour and each stoppage can last from 10 to 30 seconds. These stoppages end when your spouse wakes up long enough to take a few breaths and then drifts back to sleep again.
In other words, your spouse isn’t getting as much sleep as he or she may think. This explains other symptoms like irritability, morning headaches, and frequent daytime sleepiness.
How Can A Dentist Relieve Sleep Apnea?
Dr. Hanson wants you to sleep better, and he wants your spouse to sleep well, too.
But this about more than just sleep. This is about helping you be more alert and more active when you are awake as well.
The ongoing cycle of snoring, breathing stoppages, and waking up effects your spouse’s health in some serious ways. In a real sense, your spouse is fighting for his or her life when he or she falls asleep. That leads to increased blood pressure and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
The daytime sleepiness can be an inconvenience at times, but it can also be dangerous. There is a reason multiple researchers have found that people with sleep apnea are more than twice as likely to be involved in automotive accidents.
The key to relieving your spouse’s sleep apnea is finding a treatment that will allow him or her to continue breathing throughout the night.
A common way to do that is with a CPAP machine. To use a CPAP, the users wear a mask which pushes air into their airways while they sleep. This air pressure keeps their airways open.
Unfortunately, many people find the CPAP creates its own problems. Maybe the mask is irritating or the noise of the machine keeps them from falling asleep.
This is when Dr. Hanson can help. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has approved oral appliances as a treatment option for people with OSA.
At Oregon Smile Care Center, we can create a TAP appliance for you. TAP stands for Thornton Adjustable Positioner.
This works by adjusting the position of your spouse’s jaw forward while he or she sleeps. This shift helps to keep his or her airways open. This reduces the frequency and volume of snoring and allows him or her to breathe through the night.
As your spouse gets accustomed to wearing this device, you both may notice that you wake up feeling refreshed and with more energy in the morning.
That’s the result of a night of quality, deep sleep.
Sweet Dreams For You And Your Spouse
If you are concerned that your spouse may have sleep apnea, please schedule a visit with Oregon Smile Care Center. We can provide you with a take-home screening to monitor your spouse’s sleep patterns.