If you or your partner suffer from snoring problems throughout the night, this could cause issues with your relationship as well as with your health. Snoring can be extremely annoying and prevent your loved ones from sleeping soundly, but regular snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition characterized by the tissues in your mouth and throat blocking your airway and cutting off your breathing for 10 seconds or more. At Brite Clean Smiles, Dr. Mina Girgis specializes in snoring aids and sleep apnea treatment. If you or your partner snore during the night, it’s important to understand sleep apnea and its symptoms to determine whether you should seek help.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is caused by turbulent airflow while sleeping. When air cannot move through your mouth and nasal passages during sleep, it can cause vibration of the soft tissues in the mouth and in your airway. When this tissue vibrates, you hear a snore.
Snoring can be caused by a variety of factors: age, obesity, smoking, sleep posture and certain nasal and sinus problems can all contribute to snoring.
The Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is not the same as sleep apnea. However, most people with sleep apnea do snore regularly. Sleep apnea is much more serious and can cause issues like restricted oxygenated blood flow to the brain and heart, which may increase the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Snoring is a very common symptom of sleep apnea, but simply snoring is not enough to diagnose sleep apnea. The other most common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Weariness and sleepiness, even after getting a full night’s sleep
- Mouth and throat feeling dry and irritated after sleep
- Migraines and frequent headaches
- Jerking awake during the night and gasping for air
- Restless sleep, tossing and turning
- Irritability and mood swings
If you recognize one or more of these signs in your partner, or in yourself, your snoring may be more serious than you think. Come to Dr. Mina Girgis right away for a sleep apnea consultation.
Snoring Aids and Oral Appliances – The Best Non-Surgical Snoring Treatment
At Brite Clean Smiles, we offer snoring aids and oral appliances for treating sleep apnea. Both treatments use a plastic appliance designed to move the tissues of the nose, throat, and jaw into a better position for sleeping.
Similar in shape to a night guard or retainer, these appliances are custom-made by Dr. Girgis, and provide relief both from snoring and the other negative effects of sleep apnea.
Interested in Snoring Treatment in Orange County? Come to Brite Clean Smiles!
Whether you snore, or you believe that your partner or significant other may have issues with snoring or sleep apnea, come to Dr. Mina Girgis in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach for a diagnosis.
At Brite Clean Smiles, Dr. Girgis can help diagnose snoring and sleep apnea, and design an oral appliance that will help you get a restful, peaceful night’s sleep.
Contact us at (949) 777-1005 to schedule your first appointment, or drop by our office at 488 E. 17th St., Ste. A-101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 and get the treatment you need!