Snoring can be a sign of Sleep Apnea. Short periods of time marked by a cessation of normal breathing. Sleep studies have shown that normal breathing interrupted by periods of abnormal breath holding and snoring can lead to anoxia, hypertension, cardiac anomalies, cardiac arrest and death.
The first sign of abnormal breathing and Sleep Apnea can be waking up with an extremely dry mouth in the night or early morning. Dry mouth is indicative of mouth breathing and can be an early sign of dysfunctional breathing, snoring or breathing cessation during sleep.
Breathing and sleep disorders are often caused directly by the tongue falling back to the posterior pharynx and blocking or occluding the airway. The result is sleep sounds (snoring) and sleep apnea (short periods – sometimes up to a minute) of a cessation of breathing.
The danger of Sleep Apnea, however is much more complicated than just the medical side effects that can prove fatal with cardiac disease. The stress of not getting a good night sleep and feeling groggy during the day can be disastrous if driving an automobile or operating machinery.
If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms of Sleep Apnea, please email or call our office for a complimentary consultation. Sleep Apnea is a very treatable condition. Contact your medical or dental professional if you suspect this disorder.