Sleep apnea is a serious condition that disturbs an individual during sleep, causing loud snoring, lapses in breathing, and snorting or choking during the sleeping process. Partners are often the first to notice these symptoms in their mate, as this disorder is often obtrusive to both individuals sharing the same bed, room, or home.
Although snoring is definitely a symptom of the disorder, common snoring does not necessarily mean that there is a significant problem. Often, if persistent and loud snoring occurs during sleep, along with choking or gasping for air, it is always wise to consult a physician for advice on methods, tools, and/or devices that may aid in preventing a problem before it starts.
If sleep apnea is a problem, here are just a few ways an individual can decrease symptoms:
- Weight Loss. An increased body mass is often associated with sleep apnea. If overweight, it is always wise to seek a healthy eating approach to bring weight into a healthy, natural state.
- Smoking Cessation. Smoking can interfere with proper oxygen transport and can also damage the lungs. Quitting smoking and avoiding sleeping in areas that contain second-hand smoke is highly recommended.
- Avoid Awkward Sleeping Positions. Always sleep on the side of the body, as sleeping on one’s back can greatly increase apnea symptoms. Breathing can become obstructed while sleeping on the back, and choking and gasping can also increase while sleeping in this position.
If suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea, it is always advisable to immediately seek professional help. Sleep apnea, if left untreated or managed inappropriately, can worsen over time, leading to the likelihood of developing life-threatening diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.
Seek a medical professional (such as a sleep apnea and dentist specialist) well-versed in oral appliance therapies and tools. These therapies and tools provided by your dentist may play a large role in decreasing sleep apnea symptoms and associated health risks.
If seeking relief from sleep apnea symptoms, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 to schedule your informative consultation today.