Most of us don’t think of snoring as something to be overly concerned about—unless our bed partner is disrupting our sleep! But frequent, loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a common and potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep.
Learn how to identify sleep apnea and what you can do about it.
Major signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
- Long pauses in breathing
- Daytime sleepiness, no matter how much time you spend in bed
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. In untreated sleep apnea,
breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These breathing
pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a
Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. When breathing
is paused, you’re jolted out of your natural sleep rhythm. As a consequence, you spend
more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be
energetic, mentally sharp, and productive the next day.
The appliance is designed to position your jaws so that you can have a more normal flow of air through your airway while sleeping. Most patients that have been fit for a sleep appliance or
snore guard are amazed at the results.
Teeth grinding is a health condition not all people are aware of. Some regard it as merely a habit when in fact it is a medical concern that people should address. Teeth grinding is clinically referred to as Bruxism. Using a doctor’s definition, bruxism is the unconscious grinding of one’s teeth, which could happen during the day or at night. This condition usually occurs when one is too tense or anxious about something. Bruxism or teeth grinding have different signs and symptoms. Here are the indicators that a person is suffering from bruxism:
- Intense clenching of teeth
- Flattened, worn down enamel, and chipped teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain and tightness in the jaws and its muscles
- Facial pains
These are the signs and symptoms of bruxism. A lot of people who have this condition are not even aware they have it. Most of the time, they learn about their teeth clenching habit only when their sleeping partners tell them.