Snoring: Should I Worry? By Roger B. Parkes, DMD on October 13, 2015

It keeps your spouse, the kids and even the dog up at night.  And when you think about staying with friends and family, do you cringe at the thought?

It can be pretty embarrassing, but is snoring anything more than just an annoyance?  

It could be.  Snoring can actually be the warning sign to a much greater health issue called Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a serious disorder which affects your breathing while you are asleep often characterized by loud snoring.

There are two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive and Central

  1. Obstructive is the more common of the two and occurs when the muscles in the throat relax. 
  2. Central occurs when your brain stops sending important messages or signals to the muscles that help control your breathing.

Sleep Apnea and snoring can contribute or be linked to other health concerns:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • GERD- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Headache
  • Weight Gain

Did you know that people who snore have a 40% greater risk of dying early than their peers?  So, whether your snoring is loud and booming or light and wispy, it could be a sign of a much greater problem. 

Contact us to see how we can help and what your options are and help the families of Jackson sleep a little easier!

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