Can Allergies Cause Sleep Apnea?

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During springtime, we look forward to sunny skies, warmer temperatures, blooming flowers and lots of outdoor activities. For millions of people, this can be a miserable season because of their allergies.

Seasonal allergies can be minimal or highly problematic. Even to the point where it causes headaches, breathing problems and even obstructive sleep apnea.

OSA is a sleep condition of the throat muscles relaxing and failing to hold the airway open during sleep. Nasal congestion, which causes the upper airway to narrow, increases the risk of both snoring and OSA.

If you find that you have an experience loud snoring or even breathing interruption, then it is time you seek help.

At our sleep apnea focused dental office, you will be able to learn about non-invasive dental treatment options to minimize or eliminate your sleep apnea problems.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea causes your breathing to be delayed while you sleep. For some people, they pause for a few seconds. However, there are those who might last for a minute or longer.

Oxygen is vital to your bodily functions and especially your brain. Therefore, over time your health will be significantly affected.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

You might start with feeling fatigue during the day. Later, you will become susceptible to illnesses that are more serious.

There are generally some signs and symptoms that are associated with sleep apnea. These include:

  • Obesity
  • Mood swings and/or irritability
  • High blood pressure
  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up multiple times during the night
  • Depression

Obstructive sleep apnea is the condition of a blocked airway. People with unusually sized tonsils, tongues, or jaws also have a higher risk of developing this condition. 

Over time this leads to dry mouth, which also results in snoring.

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However, your airway can also become blocked from your body’s response to seasonal allergies. You might notice they get blocked when your nasal passages are congested.

Allergies and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Connection

Good news! You can reduce nasal inflammation and thereby reduce symptoms of snoring and OSA . This is important to note for OSA patients who have trouble with the CPAP machines because of nasal congestion.

For patients that do have obstructive sleep apnea and are CPAP intolerant, Dr. Westersund offers CPAP alternatives at our downtown Calgary dentist office.

Making the Mouth-Body-Life Connection

Not many people know that seasonal allergies or other persistent allergy problems can worsen sleep apnea.

Sleep deficiencies can affect your brain function negatively, which may increase the risk of depression and the production of stress hormones.

Dr. Westersud can help you to sleep better, without disruption to you or your spouse through oral appliance therapy. We are able to conduct sleep apnea testing in Calgary and work closely with a sleep physician to ensure that you can go CPAP-less. 

Don’t delay, early detection is vital with any sleep disorder. Your quality of life, health, and general wellbeing depend on it.

Allergic reactions do not have to make your nighttime miserable. Contact us today for a consultation or visit our website for more information.

Suspect sleep apnea?  Is your spouse complaining of loud snoring? Share your questions or comments below.

 

 

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