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Excessive snoring can more than just a nuisance to your partner, it may be indicative of a serious health condition known as Sleep Apnea.
Although snoring is not uncommon, there are often cases where snoring may be associated with airway obstruction, preventing you from breathing. Sleep Apnea is characterized by loud snoring, followed by a few seconds of silence. This silence is the critical point where airways are being blocked. The lack of oxygen and increase in carbon dioxide in the system eventually prompts the individual to subconsciously wake up, forcing the airway open coupled with a loud gurgle or gasping sound.
Snoring can be serious both socially and medically. Snoring can disrupt marriages and cause sleepless nights for bed partners. Habitual snoring may be more than just a nuisance and cause of daytime sleepiness. Untreated, persistent snoring caused by obstructive sleep apnea may raise your lifetime risk of developing such health problems as high blood pressure, heart failure and stroke. In children, obstructive sleep apnea may increase their risk of ADHD.
There are a number of treatments for snoring, whether it be lifestyle changes such as weight loss, or treatment procedures such as oral applicances or surgery.
Dr. Agatep specializes in treating Sleep Apnea through the use of a custom fitted oral appliance that will help advance the position of your tongue and soft palate - thus helping to keep your air passage open.
Are you looking for a Sleep Apnea specialist in San Diego? Call our office at (858) 490-4281 and we can help diagnose your condition. Dr. Agatep is one of the few dentists in San Diego trained to treat Sleep Apnea disorders. If you would like an alternative to CPAP and want to learn more information about an oral appliance, call our office for an appointment.