Many people think of snoring as a noisy, but harmless condition. However, snoring can indicate a more serious problem, sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, a person experiences intervals when breathing stops for 10 seconds or more, continually throughout the night. Besides disrupting rest, sleep apnea can also impact health, increasing the risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Sleep apnea sufferers often awake in the morning feeling tired. They may be irritable, lethargic, or forgetful. Some fall asleep at inappropriate times throughout the day.
If snoring is a problem for you, Dr. Nelson can perform a complete evaluation to determine if you may have sleep apnea. He might recommend a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis. Some patients benefit from a SomnoDent snoreguard, an oral appliance worn during sleep. SomnoDent snoreguards work by repositioning the soft palate so that the airway remains open.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. Central sleep apnea, the less common type, happens when the part of your brain that controls your breathing doesn't send the correct signals to your breathing muscles. Affected individuals will make no effort to breathe for a brief time.
Call our Lutz dental office for your appointment with Dr. Nelson to discuss sleep apnea therapy in Lutz, FL, including snoreguards. We serve patients from New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Land O’ Lakes, and surrounding areas with exceptional care. Let us help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep.