Constant, loud snoring can not only be annoying to your partner, but it can also be indicative of a bigger problem called sleep apnea. That’s why Dr. Jeffrey Kleinheinz at Kleinheinz Dentistry offers a free sleep study to help diagnose it in Charlotte, North Carolina men and women. If you are a chronic snorer who suffers from other symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t wait to get checked out. Contact Dr. Kleinheinz’s office to schedule your consultation and complementary sleep study or make your appointment using the online scheduling option.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that impacts your breathing. Those with sleep apnea will repeatedly start and stop breathing while sleeping. These periods of no breathing can last anywhere from a few seconds to a minute.
There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and occurs when your throat muscles relax during sleep and block your airways.
Central sleep apnea is not as common. This type occurs when the brain doesn’t send the appropriate signals to the muscles in your body that control breathing.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
It is important to note that just because you snore does not mean you have sleep apnea. However, if you experience other symptoms, or someone has mentioned they hear your breathing pause when you’re asleep, be sure to get it checked out.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed a few different ways. First, as previously mentioned, someone you sleep near may notice it during the night.
Dr. Kleinheinz and Kleinheinz Dentistry offer a free sleep study in which they monitor certain vitals while you sleep. This helps determine if you’re just a chronic snorer or if you suffer from sleep apnea.
When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to complications like high blood pressure, diabetes, and even death. One of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea is through the use of a CPAP machine while you sleep, but these machines can be costly, clunky, and uncomfortable.
Rather than recommending a CPAP nightly, Dr. Kleinheinz uses oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea. The Narval Sleep Device works by repositioning the tongue forward and extending the jaw. Many people find this option more comfortable, and the device is portable and easier to maintain.
If allergies or sinus issues cause your sleep apnea, your primary physician can treat those issues.
If you are concerned that you have sleep apnea, make an appointment with Dr. Kleinheinz today. Contact his office to schedule your appointment or book online.