Some Common Signs and Advice
Do you start your days tired and cranky? As a obstructive sleep apnea treatment provider, I have heard many stories that relate to a patient’s partner snoring or suffering from restless sleep that is keeping my patient from getting their own good night’s sleep.
Sleep is kind of important. It is usually frustrating if you do not get enough sleep.
Some will try to shake their partner to stop snoring. Some will try the hard elbow in the ribs. But these are only temporary fixes. You often end up with two cranky partners in this situation.
When your new mattress is the couch or you have to sleep in separate rooms, it can mess things up in the romance department.
Fortunately, there is a better solution if your partner has sleep apnea: sleep apnea treatments with a Dental Sleep Appliance.
You might be wondering – how can I tell if my partner is suffering from sleep apnea? As annoying as snoring is, it does not mean you or your partner has Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Some snorers do not have sleep apnea. And a lot people who HAVE obstructive sleep apnea do not snore! These people are called “Silent Apnics”.
How can I tell if my partner has sleep apnea? Watch out for these signs
FIRST: Snoring, weight gain, tiredness all may be common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is a serious medical problem. Weight gain, aging, fatigue, heart attacks and strokes are all at higher risk with OSA.
But the only sure way to tell if you or your partner has a sleep disturbance problem is to be Sleep Tested. No test … no diagnosis. Thus, it’s imperative to get a proper diagnosis.
Sleep tests do not have to be in a clinic. You can do an HST or Home Sleep Test in the comfort of your own bedroom. It is easy to do and usually is all the testing you need to find out what Sleep Disturbance problem you many have.
But should you even do an HST? To find out if your partner might have sleep problems, look for the following symptoms.
1. Loud, chronic snoring
Oftentimes during sleep, the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and throat will relax so much that they vibrate loudly whenever a person breathes in or out.
That isn’t to say that all snoring causes OSA. But snoring without OSA may also indicate a less restorative sleep. Some Snorers will not stay in a deep sleep long enough to wake up rested. Snoring itself has been shown as a potential link to an increase in calcifications in the Carotid Artery, the blood flow artery to the brain.
According to Dr. Robert L. Owens, a doctor interviewed for this WebMD article, most people who snore don’t do it because of sleep apnea. However, he went on to state that majority of sleep apnea patients snore.
So, snoring alone might not be a good indicator of whether someone has this disorder or not. But it might be if other sleep apnea symptoms present themselves.
2. Pauses in breathing
People with sleep apnea stop breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time. Sometimes they stop breathing for even longer amounts of time, or there may be multiple intervals when the person stops breathing.
This is very dangerous. If you notice that your partner does this while they sleep, they should get a sleep study done as soon as possible.
3. Neck size and soft tissue issues
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which something is blocking a person’s airway. The result: snoring and difficulty breathing.
Oftentimes, the cause can be the amount of tissue a person has in the back of their throat. This may be related to their oral anatomy and the size of their mouth.
A larger or thicker neck can often indicate there’s excess soft tissue, adipose tissue, or skin that can impede breathing.
4. Constantly feeling tired
When a person can’t breathe fully at night, they may not be getting enough oxygen to their brain and body. This is very stressful to the body and an increase in hypertension and blood pressure may result.
Sleep architecture is how medical doctors talk about the different levels of sleep. A more shallow sleep level is not as rejuvenating as a deeper sleep level. Things that bring a person out of a deeper sleep include OSA, their or their partner’s snoring, and the sleep environment. Not enough deep sleep means that there is a greater instance of waking up fatigued, even after a long night in bed.
Sleep Apnea Treatment that Can Put an End to the Constant, Loud Snoring
The only real way to determine if a patient has sleep apnea is to do a sleep study.
We can provide the Home Sleep Test (HST) from our office. Your sleep test will be scored by an Alberta Sleep Physician, licensed to determine your eligibility for a Dental Sleep Appliance. Once my patient has received a definitive sleep apnea diagnosis, I can move on and work to provide the proper sleep apnea treatment.
I can provide patients with devices that re-position their lower jaw forward while they sleep. This helps reduce the likelihood that their oral tissue obstructs their airway.
Not only can these devices help the patient sleep better, it can protect their health in the long run. Plus, a bonus – they often stop snoring. That means that you get a better night sleep too.
Want a better night’s sleep for you and your partner?
Dealing with a snoring partner is no fun. You’re tired, you’re not getting enough sleep, and you’re completely frustrated, even cranky. I know I would be! I know. My wife USE to be. Now I wear a dental sleep appliance every night and we can both sleep better.
Imagine what your partner’s body is going through if they have sleep apnea. This condition puts a lot of stress on the body and can lead to even bigger health problems.
Don’t wait any longer. If you and/or your partner are chronic, loud snorers, schedule an appointment with my office. With a proper diagnosis, you’ll be one step closer to a great night’s sleep.
Do you suspect that you or your partner might have sleep apnea disorder? If so, contact my office to schedule an appointment. Together in our downtown Calgary dentist clinic, we can find a solution to a better night’s sleep!