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By Bohle Family Dentistry
April 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  
FindOutWhyYouorYourPartnerSnores-itmaybeSleepApnea

If your sleeping partner snores, it could be more than an annoyance: it could be a sign of sleep apnea. This occurs when air flow into the lungs becomes obstructed in the throat for a few seconds during sleep. The obstruction can take many forms, but a common one arises from the tongue relaxing against the back of the throat, producing snoring sounds as air attempts to pass through this restricted area.

Sleep apnea can cause severe problems: lower daily energy levels and mood from poor sleep; lower oxygen saturation that could affect brain function; and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. So, if you’re awakened by your partner’s snoring (or they’re complaining about yours!), it’s important to have it checked and treated.

This begins with a visit to us for a complete oral examination. Like many dentists, we’re well trained in the anatomy and structures of the mouth, as well as the causes and treatment of sleep apnea. We’ll examine your mouth, take into account any possible symptoms you’re experiencing and, if your suspicions are correct, refer you to a sleep physician to diagnose if you have sleep apnea.

Treatment will depend on its cause and severity. An oral appliance worn during sleep is the recommended first treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea that involves the tongue as an obstruction. We develop a custom appliance that helps move your tongue away from the back of the throat, reducing both apnea and snoring sounds. For more advanced sleep apnea you could benefit from a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This device generates continuous air pressure through a mask worn while sleeping that helps keep the airway open.

Of course, there are other causes for obstruction, some of which may require surgical intervention to relieve the problem. Abnormally large tonsils, adenoids or excessive soft tissue can all restrict air flow. Surgically removing or altering these structures could help reduce airway restriction.

Whatever type or degree of sleep apnea you or your partner may have, there are solutions. The right treatment will not only improve overall health, it will help both of you get a better night’s sleep.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea and how to treat it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “If You Snore, You Must Read More!

By Dr. Charles Bohle
November 11, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: paducah ky dentist   snoring   sleep apnea   CPAP  

What should you know about Sleep Apnea and Snoring.


If you or your spouse have a snoring problem, you should know more about sleep apnea.  Today I would like to discuss a little about snoring and its sleep apnea and snoringrelationship to sleep apnea.  Having recently been diagnosed as having sleep apnea I now have a very good working relationship about what it is and what it does to your body.  Last spring, I became interested in this field of study after being diagnosed with moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea, (OSA) and was showing multiple symptoms of my disorder.  My wife said  I was a moderate snorer.  My symptoms included mild high blood pressure, with an increased heart rate and shortness of breath.  I never felf good or rested and  I didn’t know what was wrong with me.  Luckily, my primary care physician directed my to have a home sleep study and the answer was found to be OSA. CPAP or continous airway positive pressure is the first treatment for apnea. Knowing I was claustrophobic, successful CPAP therapy was unlikely.  A dental repositioning device was fabricated for me and the changes were immediate.  I feel tremendously better and my wife is also much happier.

So what is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?  It is the most common sleep disorder.  It occurs when the body stops breathing during sleep then struggles to begin breathing again.  Everyone who has sleep apnea snores at some level.  What happens is that your airway becomes too relaxed and closes causing the body to stop breathing.  This causes the blood to suffer from a low oxygen level.  It also causes high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness and headaches.  This can occur every few minutes to every few seconds, depending on its severity.  Normal breathing will start again often with a snort or choking sound.  When someone who snores makes a snorting sound it is often breathing starting again.

In the US, over 20 million people have OSA, many of them undiagnosed.  Men are two times more likely to have it over women. Certainly having sleep apnea will affect your quality of life and health and will shorten your life..  Research shows that OSA is linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes and obesity.  It affects about 20% of the adult population so it is likely you know someone who is a heavy snorer and has sleep apnea.

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