BUT I JUST SNORE… THAT’S ALL…Did you know that snoring is a typical symptom of a Sleep Apnea/Obstructive Sleep Apnea? While your bed partner may be losing sleep due to the noise, it is you that is truly suffering as your body spends the night fighting to breathe properly. This tends to get worse with age. And, can lead to some pretty devastating health effects anywhere from daytime sleepiness to heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.
The sound of snoring is created as air is passing through an obstructed airway. Obstructions in airways can be the outcome of several factors- Nasal deformities (deviated septum), poor muscle tone in the throat and nose (muscle decreases with age), nasal polyps, inflamed nasal passages, enlarged tonsils, long soft palate (the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth), and a long uvula (dangling tissue at back of throat)- are just some of the reasons an obstruction may occur.
SLEEP APNEAObstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by an airway blockage (obstruction) during sleep. During the day, muscles in the airway region keep the throat and airway passage open but when a patient has obstructive sleep apnea, the throat collapses during sleep, blocking the airway and preventing air from getting to the lungs. The site of obstruction in most patients is the soft palate, extending to the region at the base of the tongue.
There are no rigid structures, such as cartilage or bone, in this area to hold the airway open. So as a person with OSA falls asleep, these muscles relax to a point where the airway collapses and becomes obstructed. Although OSA is typically considered an ‘adult’ condition, there is no age boundary and apnea can affect otherwise healthy children. OSA is actually common in children and may, in fact, be the root cause of childhood behavior and attention problems, which are commonly misdiagnosed by other doctors as ADD/ADHD.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Poor or Rapid Breathing during sleep or periods of Not Breathing
- Night Sweats
- Frequent Night Time Urination
- Restless Sleep/Daytime Sleepiness
- Mouth Breathing
- Tooth Grinding
- Jaw Clenching
- Frequent Heartburn
- High Blood Pressure
- Mood Changes
- Trouble Concentrating/Forgetfulness
- Weight Gain
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Heart Attack
- Weight Gain and Obesity
- And even DEATH!
WHAT IS BRUXISM?Bruxism is a medical term for clenching of the jaw and/or grinding of the teeth, whether consciously/unconsciously while awake, or while sleeping. Bruxism is actually classified as a sleep-related movement disorder by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Sleep Apnea/Obstructive Sleep Apnea is likely the root cause of Bruxism.
Untreated Bruxism can lead to:
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- TMJ/TMD Issues- Including Neuralgias
- Frequent Headaches
- Loose, Flattened and/or Fractured Teeth
- Worn Tooth Enamel
- Tooth Pain and/or Sensitivity
- Tooth Loss