Does Snoring Mean Sleep Apnea?

November 10, 2017

You’ve heard the phrase, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” But what about the phrase, “Where there’s snoring, there’s sleep apnea?” While that’s not always the case, often chronic snoring can mean a greater risk of a serious sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When should you talk to your dentist about OSA?

Try Our Quiz on Snoring and Sleep Apnea

  1. True or False: Snoring can be linked to the disorder.
  2. True or False: Multiple factors can cause OSA.
  3. True or False: We can treat the issue with an oral appliance.
  4. True or False: You can make lifestyle changes to help avoid snoring.

Answer Key

  1. True. The issue occurs when breathing becomes partially blocked by the collapse of soft tissues. As air is forced through, the tissues vibrate, creating the sound we all know and loathe. Often, sleep apnea sufferers snore, experience moodiness, difficulty concentrating on important tasks, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth, and episodes of waking up at night gasping for air or choking.
  2. True. Patients may be obese, 55 and older, have large neck circumferences, have problems with the development of their oral tissues, or suffer from nasal congestion issues. We will assess the factors behind your disorder before we prescribe a treatment option.
  3. True. An oral appliance looks a lot like a nightguard and is worn as the patient sleeps. The device then moves the jaw forward slightly, enough to prevent the collapse of soft tissues.
  4. True. First, you should sleep on your side instead of your back. We also suggest avoiding alcohol or caffeine products before bed. You should keep your bedroom dark, cool, and free of screens, such as TVs, computers, or smartphones. Finally, be sure to maintain a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same times every day.

Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?

We can help you rest better with our sleep apnea treatment options. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.