Most of us don’t think of snoring as a situation to be overly concerned with, but frequent, loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea. This is a common, potentially serious disorder, where breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep. Although sleep apnea is a treatable condition, it often goes unrecognized. The first step to overcoming sleep apnea and getting a better night’s sleep is not only learning how to identify the warning signs but how to distinguish it from normal snoring. Our Torrance sleep apnea specialist, Dr. Paul Grin, DDS, MPH, APC, can be a great help to you.
Basically, sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. When sleep apnea is left untreated, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow while you’re sleeping. These breathing pauses usually last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a night, greatly interrupting your natural sleep rhythm. As a result, more time is spent in light sleep and less time in the deep, healing sleep you need in order to be active, mentally sharp, and productive the next day.
If pauses occur while you snore, followed by choking or gasping, these are major signs that you have sleep apnea. Another common sign of sleep apnea, according to our Torrance sleep apnea specialist, is if you find yourself fighting sleepiness during the day, at work, or while driving. You may find yourself quickly falling asleep during the quieter moments of your day when you’re not active. Some other sleep apnea symptoms include morning headaches, memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate, feeling short-tempered, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes, waking up frequently to urinate, and dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up.
Because sleep apnea affects the airways of our patients, it is imperative that you seek help to alleviate this problem. Dr. Paul Grin, is great choice for the job as he is able to craft customized oral appliances that perfectly fit our patient’s mouths. Oral appliance therapy is considered a simple solution to the problem of sleep apnea, with our Torrance sleep apnea specialist taking a cast of our patient’s teeth, then designing an appliance, usually made from silicone or plastic. This appliance supports your mouth in such a way that it prevents the muscles and soft tissues from sagging when relaxed. Research shows that oral appliance therapy has been very successful in the treatment of sleep apnea and that the symptoms are reduced or eliminated entirely.