It could be a sign of a potentially dangerous condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (or OSA) is a condition during which breathing stops for several seconds, multiple times each night. Not only does this prevent you from having a restful night’s sleep, it prevents oxygen from flowing to the rest of the body. When your body is deprived of oxygen, every organ, muscle, and cell is affected.
Snoring isn’t the only symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Other signs include:
- Waking up gasping for air
- Daytime sleepiness
- Mood changes, such as depression and anxiety
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
As if the symptoms weren’t bad enough, the associated conditions are potentially dangerous, even deadly. Abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke occur with greater frequency in those who suffer with OSA.
Dr. Michelle Munoz can work with your physician to develop a treatment plan that will allow you breathe normally while you sleep without having your movement and comfort limited by a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. A customized mouthguard can reposition your lower jaw and allow your airway to remain open as you sleep. The results? You’ll wake up rested, enjoy improved health, and you’ll stop hearing complaints about your snoring.
To inquire about Sleep Apnea treatment, contact our Uvalde, Texas practice to schedule an appointment with Michelle Munoz, DDS.