Does Snoring Mean I Have Sleep Apnea?

Few things can irritant our significant others quite like snoring. In addition to bothering others, when we snore we can sometimes put our own health at risk. In some cases, our snoring could be linked to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). How are they connected and when should you see a dentist for treatment?

Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Question: Why do we snore?

Answer: We snore when the soft tissues in the back of our mouth and in our throat become too relaxed and collapse as we sleep. Air is then forced through, vibrating the tissues and creating a loud sound.

Question: How does this connect to sleep apnea?

Answer: OSA occurs when those same soft tissues completely block airflow. The patient then stops breathing until the brain registers the drop in oxygen and wakes them. While the patient may not remember waking, this can happen hundreds of times each night, leaving them sleep deprived and miserable during the day.

Question: When should we see the dentist?

Answer: If you notice persistent snoring, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth, moodiness, and experience episodes of waking up suddenly in the night choking or gasping for air, then you may need treatment. Schedule a consultation and we can see if you require sleep apnea solutions.

Question: How will the dentist treat my sleep disorder?

Answer: We can often address the problem with an oral appliance. The device is worn at night, much like a nightguard, but it repositions the jaw by moving it forward. Airways remain unobstructed and you can breathe without issue. You then avoid the symptoms of sleep apnea and feel more rested in the day. If you have any questions about snoring and OSA, or if you think you may need treatment, then contact our team today.

Gateway Dental Group Offers Treatment for OSA

At Gateway Dental Group, we can use custom oral appliances to help you rest easier. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burds and his team at Gateway Dental Groupcall our office today at (515) 244-9565. Located in Des Moines, IA, we proudly welcome patients from the Des Moines area, and surrounding communities.