Health Watch: Snoring solutions to improve relationships, health
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For many people, snoring makes a night of restful sleep a far-off dream. The noisy interruptions may even have a detrimental effect on relationships and health.
More than a quarter of Americans say that a snoring bed partner makes them annoyed or angry, according to a recent survey from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
In addition to pushing couples to sleep apart, snoring can cause health worries. Snoring is a tell-tale sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes sufferers to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk for serious health problems from congestive heart failure to diabetes and depression.
There are several treatment options for sleep apnea, according to AADSM experts. It is important to speak with a physician to determine which option is best for you. The first line of treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure therapy.
Oral appliance therapy uses a small mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway, making it a sleeker, more attractive treatment option for many sleep apnea sufferers. An oral appliance prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position.
Additionally, upper airway surgery is a potential treatment for some patients. A detailed examination of the entire upper airway is necessary before your doctor can decide if you are a candidate for surgery.
If you or your significant other suffers from sleep apnea or loud and frequent snoring, visit localsleepdentist.com to learn more and find a dentist in your area who can help.
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