Snoring isn’t just something that annoys your spouse, it could also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

Snoring is a very common problem that affects many people and it can be either soft and quiet or startlingly loud and aggravating. If your snoring has been disturbing others or forcing your partner to sleep on the couch, it could be a sign of something much more serious: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many people do not know that they have OSA and other sleep disorders. In fact, 90 percent of people who are living with sleep apnea are unaware that they have it!

What is OSA?

OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea, and it occurs when your upper airway is either partially or completely blocked while you are asleep. Unfortunately, because the signs of OSA are most obvious while you are asleep, it’s common to live with it without even realizing it. OSA can affect you in a number of ways, including:

  • Frequent Morning Headaches
  • Night Sweats
  • Restlessness During Sleep
  • Dry Mouth
  • Short-Term Memory Loss
  • Concentration Difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Falling asleep easily
  • Daytime Sleepiness & Fatigue – This puts you at a higher risk for traffic accidents, and it could affect your performance at work.

OSA can affect your life in many ways, but luckily, our dentist in Lawrence can help you find the right treatment option for your OSA. However, before you can get treated for OSA, you need to determine if you have it or not. Figure out if you are at risk for OSA when you stay tuned for our next blog!