Snoring – Brookfield, WI
Are You Getting Quality Sleep?
Many people snore once in a while, but there are cases where it happens every night. Obviously, this can be quite disruptive for your partner or other nearby sleepers; however, sometimes snoring is a symptom of a disorder that, if left alone, could have a major impact on your overall health. At our TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Wisconsin, Dr. Brunner can help diagnose the source of your snoring and find a solution that will let you and your loved ones enjoy peaceful, restful nights again.
Snoring as a Sign of Sleep Apnea
Loud, frequent snoring is one of the telltale signs of a condition called obstructive sleep apnea. When your airway has narrowed, the sound of snoring is created. If the airway is blocked altogether (usually when the tongue, throat muscles or throat tissues relax and collapse), it could cause you to stop breathing altogether; sleep apnea occurs if breathing is repeatedly interrupted during the night. Your body will wake up briefly in order to get oxygen, meaning your sleep cycle is constantly being interrupted. As a result, you might feel exhausted throughout the day even if you thought you were sleeping all night.
Health Risks of Chronic Snoring
While snoring may not lead to any complications, sleep apnea is associated with several health problems. The frequent awakenings prevent you from reaching the deeper stages of sleep that are important for you to function normally during the day. This lack of quality sleep makes car accidents more likely, and you may experience mood swings and general irritability. Also, the drop in oxygen levels will raise your blood pressure, and in time this condition could put you at risk for a life-risking stroke or heart attack. Finally, patients with sleep apnea often experience sudden weight gain; this is because the hormones that control appetite are affected by a lack of sleep.
Treating Snoring or Sleep Apnea
Whether your snoring is just a nuisance or a sign of something worse, it’s important to figure out the cause so that it can be treated appropriately. A sleep study will likely need to be performed in order to confirm whether sleep apnea is present. Also, Dr. Brunner will need to perform a cone beam CT scan in order to narrow down the points of obstruction. Without a thorough examination of the mouth and throat, developing a treatment plan that addresses the underlying cause of the disorder can be difficult. (To learn more about the research regarding the need for such examinations, click here [PDF link].)
One possible way to treat snoring is with a custom-made oral appliance. By repositioning the jaw, we can prevent the soft tissues in your mouth and throat from collapsing. This keeps the airway open and allows you to continue breathing normally.
Call Us Today
Sleep apnea and its related health complications become more severe all the time. To get a good night’s sleep (and stop the noise), contact us today for an appointment.