Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea for Better Rest

Snoring is common, and it may often seem like little more than just an annoyance. However, for many people, it’s actually an indication of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In fact, an estimated 12-20 million people in America lose sleep to sleep apnea, which can prevent you from resting long enough to enter deep, R.E.M. stages of sleep. As a form of sleep disordered breathing, OSA involves oral tissues blocking your airway as you sleep. The obstruction causes you to stop breathing and routinely forces your body to wake up and clear your airway. If you experience OSA, then Dr. Burds may be able to treat it with a custom-designed oral appliance, which is more comfortable and convenient than the traditional CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.

The Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Chronic, loud snoring is the most notable symptom of sleep apnea. As your airway becomes obstructed, snoring grows louder due to the smaller airway, until it stops completely once your airway is blocked. Unlike common snoring, which can often be alleviated by changing positions while you sleep, sleep apnea can repeatedly force your mind and body awake due to panic from oxygen deprivation. You may not be aware of the interruption, but over time, the lack of deep sleep can lead to symptoms of sleep deprivation, including extreme exhaustion, emotional instability, a weakened immune system, and more.

Find Out More About Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you snore consistently or believe that you may have obstructive sleep apnea, then speak with Dr. Burds to find out if a custom sleep appliance can help you treat it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.