Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Tysons Corner, Alexandria, Fairfax, and McLean, Virginia
Snoring is often caused by sleep apnea, a condition in which your breathing is interrupted during sleep. Snoring can be dangerous if it is caused by sleep apnea; the condition restricts the flow of oxygen through your airway, causing negative health effects. A good night of sleep is critical to your ability to function during the day, and treatment for sleep apnea can help you sleep.
CAUSES OF SNORING
Snoring greatly affects your ability to have restful sleep. There are several causes of snoring, and at Galleria Dental Aesthetics, our experienced McLean dentists can determine if sleep apnea is the reason for your snoring. Snoring can be caused by:
- Sleep apnea
- Swollen turbinates
- Deviated nasal septum
- Alcohol consumption
Some of these causes can be remedied with lifestyle changes. For example, losing weight or cutting back on alcohol consumption may eliminate your snoring. If sleep apnea is the cause of your snoring, you should seek treatment as soon as possible.
WHEN SNORING IS DANGEROUS
Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes momentary breathing lapses while you are asleep. These lapses typically only last a few moments, but can occur anywhere between five to 30 times in one hour. This condition makes it impossible to get an adequate amount of restful sleep. We can provide relief by determining the best sleep apnea treatment for you.
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is obstructed by relaxed muscles, excessive fat, tonsils or the tongue. Oxygen cannot adequately pass through the restricted airway, and snoring occurs as the soft tissues vibrate.
As the pause in breathing occurs, your brain will signal you to wake up. Most likely you will not wake fully, and in the morning you won’t recall these instances of waking. The sleep disruption may not be noticeable, but it will negatively affect the amount of restful sleep you can get.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Adults should get between seven and eight hours of sleep every night; however, the quality of sleep is just as important as the length of sleep. When deep sleep is constantly interrupted by sleep apnea, the consequences include:
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty waking in the morning
- Strained relationships with bed partners
Sometimes the fatigue is to an extent that it will be dangerous for you to drive. Your ability to concentrate during the day is possible because of the restorative power of sleep, and a compromised ability to concentrate can negatively affect your work performance.
For sleep apnea treatment in McLean, Virginia, please contact the experienced sleep apnea dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation.