Why You Should Take Snoring Seriously

Snoring isn’t just an annoyance. It can have major health consequences. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we can treat sleep problems like snoring.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is caused by an an airway obstruction in the throat or nasal cavity. The obstruction can be caused by:

  • Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely
  • Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor
  • Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children
  • Long uvula or soft palate
  • Nasal congestion
  • Deviated septum

People who snore may have a condition called sleep apnea—a serious health condition in which your breathing stops as you sleep. This can occur over and over through the night.

If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also impacted. Failure to get enough restorative slumber contributes to a host of physical and mental conditions.

Most of us have experienced difficulty concentrating when we haven’t had enough sleep. Did you know that can limit a person’s motor function and reaction time as seriously as intoxication?

Relief Is Here

So why is a message about snoring and sleep deprivation in a dental blog? We understand the connection between oral health and the rest of the body. At every checkup, we not only check your teeth and gums, we examine your glands, tongue, and throat for signs of oral cancer or other illnesses or disorders.

Whether it’s snoring or apnea, sleep problems can have a serious, negative impact on your life. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO we treat sleep apnea. Other services include dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Boulder County Smiles:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 

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How Is Snoring Different From Sleep Apnea?

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It’s estimated that half of us snore at some point during our lives. That can be a serious nuisance for  those nearby. It may also be a sign of a serious disorder called sleep apnea, which is treatable at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO.

Snoring and sleep apnea are often related. Many people who snore also have sleep apnea. However, the conditions are not one and the same.

Why Is Sleep Apnea So Dangerous?

People with sleep apnea actually stop breathing. This can happen many times during the night. This cuts off air supply to the brain. When the brain is starved of oxygen serious problems can occur.

Patients with sleep apnea are at risk for heart problems including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. They are also at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

One of the most common symptoms is daytime fatigue. This makes ordinary activities overwhelming. Untreated sleep apnea lowers the quality of life.

The problems are not limited to the person with the disorder. Their bed partner is also deprived of restorative sleep and, as such, is at risk of health complications.

How do you know if you have sleep apnea?

If you suffer from daytime sleepiness, or your partner says you stop breathing temporarily during sleep, see your doctor right away. If you want to start out with a specialist, ask your primary doctor for a recommendation. In the U.S., the American Board of Sleep Medicine certifies physicians who treat sleep disorders.

Your doctor will diagnose whether you have sleep apnea and which of the three types you have. This may require a visit to a sleep disorder clinic.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, make sure you research all treatment options.

Sleep apnea can be treated with an oral appliance, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or surgery.

Sleep apnea treatment is available at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO. We also offer dental implants, and a full range of other services. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Boulder County Smiles:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 

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Dental Questions? Gordon West DDS Has Answers

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Health conscious people want to take care of their teeth. However, many men and women need a place where they can review basic principles of dental health and get straightforward information about restorative and cosmetic dental procedures such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and veneers. This blog from a Lafayette CO dentist is your source for this helpful oral care information.

Many of our dental patients have concerns and questions about their oral care. That’s why we include hot-button dental issues in our blog such as:

Smile Makeovers
Sealants
Invisible Braces
Toothbrush Care
ADA Seal Products
Tooth Protection
Gum Contouring
Dental Implants

We hope that this information will help you make educated decisions about your oral care.

At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we provide general and family dentistry, dental implants, and treat conditions like sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Can My Dentist Help Stop My Snoring?

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Partner can’t sleep because you snore? Is it finally time to do away with it? At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we can help.

Snoring sounds can develop when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses onto the soft palate. This narrows the air passageway. As you breathe, this area opens and closes—with a noisy result.

Your snoring may be a symptom of a condition called sleep apnea. With Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the air passageway not only narrows, you actually stop breathing. These pauses can last for up to a minute and occur dozens or even hundreds of time per night.

Many people with sleep apnea snore, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. Regular snoring does not generally wake you up during the night. (Though it may wake your partner up again and again.)

Is My Snoring a Symptom of Sleep Apnea?

  • Do you wake up multiple times during the night gasping?
  • Are you excessively tired during the day?
  • Do you wake up with a headache?
  • Do you nod off during the day because you are sleepy?
  • Are your mouth and throat noticeably dry when you wake up?

Snoring is more than a pesky annoyance, but you are not without options. Contact Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO. We also provide general and family dentistry.

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Threat

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At Gordon West DDS in Lafayette CO, we often see patients who say they have been struggling with deficient sleep for months or even years. Some of these individuals end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

The reluctance to obtain professional help is lamentable, because sleep apnea takes such a high toll on health and reduces quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life more difficult for that person, as well.

Protect Your Health

For some puzzling reason, many individuals don’t consider sleep apnea a grave issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological activity more indispensable than that. And poor sleep can cause a myriad of serious health issues. It also impacts performance in every area of life; work, hobbies, and social activities.

Sleep apnea is a condition where you have frequent, recurring delays in breathing while you sleep. These lapses can last for up to 60 seconds and are usually caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and blocks the airway. As you can probably imagine, when the brain is not getting enough oxygen it hinders vital biological processes.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles soften and cover the airway. This is the most prevalent type.

Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
This is a combination of both conditions described previously. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631

Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Unexpected awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person noticing the behavior)
  • Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
  • Fitful sleep
  • Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
  • Inability to concentrate during the day
  • Depression and irritability
  • Awakening with a headache
  • Extreme fatigue

If you experience any of these symptoms, we invite you to discuss it with us at Gordon West DDS in Lafayette CO. Sleep apnea is one of our specialties. We also provide general and family dentistry.

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 

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C-PAP Is Not The Only Sleep Apnea Treatment in Boulder

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Do you have obstructive sleep apnea? If so, it’s important to see a Boulder health care professional right away. Left untreated, sleep apnea can become life-threatening.

Does your bed partner tell you that you frequently stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Awakening suddenly
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially right after waking
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring lapses in breathing during sleep cuts off oxygen to the brain. When the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When the person resumes breathing, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

CPAP (Positive Airway Pressure) may be the best-known treatment for sleep apnea. But it isn’t the only one.

Oral appliance therapy (OAT), conducted by a dentist, can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved OAT in the following circumstances:

  • As a first-line treatment for people with mild to moderate OSA
  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with severe OSA who are unable to use CPAP devices
  • As a combination therapy (using CPAP and an oral appliance together)

A custom-fitted oral appliance allows patients to breath normally during the night. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea must be made by a physician. If the physician recommends oral appliance therapy, he or she will refer the patient to a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders.

The advantages of an oral appliance over a CPAP machine include:

  • More convenient
  • More comfortable
  • Portable
  • Quiet
  • Requires no electricity
  • Easy to clean
  • May allow wearer to talk and eat during use

If you have been suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea, OAT can restore your health. The team at Gordon West DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry encourages you to see your doctor soon, before your health is compromised.

If you have already received a diagnosis of OSA and would like information about OAT, call the office of Gordon West DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry for an appointment or consultation. We also provide cosmetic and general and family dentistry.

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026