Snoring

BUT I JUST SNORE… THAT’S ALL…

Did you know that snoring is a typical symptom of a Sleep Apnea/Obstructive Sleep Apnea? While your bed partner may be losing sleep due to the noise, it is you that is truly suffering as your body spends the night fighting to breathe properly. This tends to get worse with age. And, can lead to some pretty devastating health effects anywhere from daytime sleepiness to heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.

The sound of snoring is created as air is passing through an obstructed airway. Obstructions in airways can be the outcome of several factors- Nasal deformities (deviated septum), poor muscle tone in the throat and nose (muscle decreases with age), nasal polyps, inflamed nasal passages, enlarged tonsils, long soft palate (the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth), and a long uvula (dangling tissue at back of throat)- are just some of the reasons an obstruction may occur.


WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by an airway blockage (obstruction) during sleep. During the day, muscles in the airway region keep the throat and airway passage open but when a patient has obstructive sleep apnea, the throat collapses during sleep, blocking the airway and preventing air from getting to the lungs. The site of obstruction in most patients is the soft palate, extending to the region at the base of the tongue.

There are no rigid structures, such as cartilage or bone, in this area to hold the airway open. So as a person with OSA falls asleep, these muscles relax to a point where the airway collapses and becomes obstructed. Although OSA is typically considered an ‘adult’ condition, there is no age boundary and apnea can affect otherwise healthy children. OSA is actually common in children and may, in fact, be the root cause of childhood behavior and attention problems, which are commonly misdiagnosed by other doctors as ADD/ADHD.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Snoring
  • Poor or Rapid Breathing during sleep or periods of Not Breathing
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Night Time Urination
  • Restless Sleep/Daytime Sleepiness
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Tooth Grinding
  • Jaw Clenching
  • Frequent Heartburn
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Mood Changes
    • Irritability
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Trouble Concentrating/Forgetfulness
  • Weight Gain
  • Decreased Sex Drive

If left untreated, it can have SEVERE complications including but not limited to:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Depression
  • Weight Gain and Obesity
  • And even DEATH!

Sleep Quiz

Sleep Quiz








If you are a Male and answered ‘Yes’ to 2 or more of the questions above, you are at risk of Sleep Apnea.

If you are a Female and answered ‘Yes’ to 3 or more of the questions above, you are at risk of Sleep Apnea.

We recommend you call our office at (406)952-0154. Please fill out the form below to send a copy of this quiz to us for further help.

Bruxism

WHAT IS BRUXISM?

Bruxism is a medical term for clenching of the jaw and/or grinding of the teeth, whether consciously/unconsciously while awake, or while sleeping. Bruxism is actually classified as a sleep-related movement disorder by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Sleep Apnea/Obstructive Sleep Apnea is likely the root cause of Bruxism.

Untreated Bruxism can lead to:

  • TMJ/TMD Issues- Including Neuralgias
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Loose, Flattened and/or Fractured Teeth
  • Worn Tooth Enamel
  • Tooth Pain and/or Sensitivity
  • Tooth Loss

Bruxism is VERY commonly a sign of a larger sleep breathing disorder, such as Sleep Apnea or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It will often times cause TMJ/TMD issues as well. One would assume that we get enough oxygen while sleeping, HOWEVER, night time clenching and grinding is an unconscious activity of the brain to stimulate the throat muscle in an effort to prevent suffocation. This repeated action all night long, over time, wears down the tooth and jaw joints, causing headaches, musculoskeletal pain, TMJ dysfunctions and facial neuralgias.

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