Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Westfield, NJ
Snoring is a common condition that is estimated to affect 30-50% of Americans at one time or another. Most people view snoring as a nuisance, but give little thought to snoring if it’s not habitual. Although snoring may seem like an innocent problem, it can actually be an indication of a health issue. In addition, snoring affects bed partners as much as it affects the snorer.
The Risks of a Snoring Partner
When you have to turn over and nudge a snoring partner, it’s doing more damage than you might think. Sleep deprivation is one side effect of a snoring partner, which can cause daytime drowsiness and irritability. But that’s not all. The average snore has been measured up to 90 decibels. For reference, chainsaws and jackhammers measure at about 100 db. Extended exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, tinnitus, high blood pressure, and heart disease. This means sleeping next to someone who snores on a regular basis could be causing you very real health problems.
The Risks of Snoring
Just about everyone snores at one time or another. Colds and allergies can block nasal passages, making it difficult to breathe at night. Or maybe you had just one cocktail too many and the muscles at the back of your throat were extra relaxed. But snoring habitually can indicate serious problems. Not only does constant snoring harm the ones you love, it takes a toll on your health too. Snoring is usually caused by an obstruction, which may be from the anatomy of air passages or even being overweight. If you or your loved one snores all the time, you may have obstructive sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a very serious condition during which multiple episodes of breathing pauses occur. Each pause can last more than 10 seconds at a time and up to 300 times per night. This results in lower oxygen levels in the blood and can have dire health consequences, including heart attack, stroke, memory loss, and premature death.
A traditional method for treating obstructive sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. However, many patients find they are CPAP intolerant. There are effective CPAP alternatives available from the dentist, and our Westfield, NJ cosmetic dentistry office offers snoreguards. The snoreguard comfortably repositions the jaw forward, opening airways to stop snoring. If you are a sleep apnea or snoring patient in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford, Moutainside, or Springfield and are ready for a CPAP alternative, talk to Dr. David Weinman about a snoreguard at your next dental visit. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our dedicated staff!