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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Snoring

Are you or your partner a snorer? What may seem like a little harmless noise may actually be an indication of a serious problem.

In case you weren't aware, snoring is caused by a collapse of the soft tissues in the throat. Frequent snoring can be a sign that something is not working properly in your breathing routine. There may be a reason why your airway is obstructed o a regular basis when you sleep. For many, it is just a habit that is unrelated to breathing capabilities. For others, it can signal a condition that could become dangerous or cause many unpleasant side effects.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the number one sign of sleep apnea, a condition that affects millions of Americans. In fact, as many as 90% of sleep apnea sufferers have no idea they have this condition! Sleep apnea is a breathing condition in which patients experience several periods of halted breathing as they sleep. For apnea sufferers, each episode usually lasts 10 seconds or more.

As you might imagine, these periods of halted breathing can have a negative impact on patients' health. Starting with the lowered oxygen levels and lack of deep sleep, there are all sorts of consequences that can occur when the natural flow of air is disrupted, including high blood pressure and heart problems.

What should you do?
If you are a snorer and want to make sure you don't suffer from sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with an experienced sleep apnea/snoring dentist.

If you have problems with snoring or trouble breathing at night, send me an e-mail to find out more about treatment options.

posted by Patti at 2:47 PM

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