Most people don’t think about visiting the dentist for snoring cessation. If you snore, Dr. Wager is indeed the doctor who can help. Having studied dental sleep medicine, Dr. Wager is trained to identify and treat snoring, as well as obstructive sleep apnea. If you have difficulty sleeping or experience chronic snoring, we will help you obtain the rest you need to function properly at work or school.
What Causes Snoring?
The sound of snoring is caused when soft tissues in the throat and mouth vibrate when you breathe. When we sleep, our muscles relax – including our face muscles. This allows the jaw to move slightly backward, which causes soft tissues to get in the way of airflow. When you breathe, air is forced in and out of your mouth and the tissues vibrate. Snoring can be embarrassing. For your bedmate, your snoring may contribute to sleep deprivation and daytime drowsiness, irritability, and forgetfulness. For you, snoring may be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder: obstructive sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Not all people who snore have sleep apnea, but snoring is a common symptom. The word apnea means a “lapse in breath”. Sleep apnea, then, means a lapse in breathing while sleeping. When the brain realizes it does not have sufficient oxygen, it prompts the body to wake up and reinitiate breathing. These apnea episodes may occur hundreds of times during a sleep session. Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime fatigue, falling asleep at times of low activity, depression, impotence, irritability, and poor productivity.
Health Concerns of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea doesn’t just interrupt your sleep. You may also experience an increased risk of serious health complications. Without treatment, many patients with sleep apnea develop high blood pressure and an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke. Serious depression and an increased risk of falling asleep behind the wheel also accompany sleep apnea. If you recognize any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, then contact Dr. Evans and Dr. Wager today for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.
Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Disorders
Dr. Wager is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and he has studied treatment solutions for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. If you or someone you love snores or may have sleep apnea, then visit our Sleep Site at www.SleepBetterReno.com. You can also click here to request an appointment, or call our office today at (775) 829-7700. Located in Reno, NV, we proudly welcome residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrow Creek, and all surrounding communities.