Does Your Loud Snoring Keep Your Partner Awake? The Chapel Hill Sleep Apnea Dentist Explains Why What You Can Do

by Dr. Diane Hourigan

Is your partner threatening to sleep in the guest room if you don’t do get your snoring under control? While it’s easy to make jokes, excessive snoring does affect relationships, but more importantly, it may be a sign of sleep apnea.

Fortunately, the Chapel Hill sleep apnea dentist offers treatment for patients who snore, bringing relief from symptoms and allowing everyone to get a good night’s sleep!

Why Do I Snore?

Snoring isn’t just the result of a stuffy nose - it can also be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition that has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and other physical health issues. Patients who suffer from OSA actually stop breathing momentarily during sleep, which deprives their body with much-needed oxygen, and restarts with a loud snore.

OSA is frequently the result of a blocked airway and is more common in patients who are overweight or have enlarged tonsils. OSA is often undiagnosed, but there are several key symptoms that many people experience and that should be brought to the attention of your doctor or dentist:

  • Loud snoring- sometimes only noticed by family members
  • Morning headaches
  • Feeling groggy or unable to concentrate, even after a “good night’s sleep”
  • Sleepiness during the day or while driving
  • Insomnia or frequently waking up at night
  • A consistent sore or dry throat in the morning
  • How Can You Help with My OSA?

    The Chapel Hill sleep apnea dentist recommends oral appliance therapy for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. While a CPAP machine is usually the first line of treatment for OSA, oral appliance therapy can also be very effective. Most patients prefer a customized oral device for comfort, which also makes them more likely to use it consistently.