will relate the two conditions.

Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea

People with OSA are dealing with tissues in the throat area collapsing while they sleep. This can happen as a result of the structure and size of your tonsils, adenoids, or the shape of bone structure in your head and neck. People who are overweight tend to be at higher risk of OSA because of an excess of fat tissues.

When the airways are blocked, you stop breathing until your body sends a signal to your brain to wake you up. These jarring arousals can occur hundreds of times each night in someone with OSA. Sufferers of the condition may not even know that they have it until they are told by someone sleeping in the same room. If untreated, OSA can possibly lead to high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks.

Snoring and OSA

Snoring is a result of a partial collapse of tissues. In this case, a limited amount of air can pass which creates the loud and distracting sounds of  snoring. With a shift of position, gaining weight, or other unknown causes, this partial collapse can easily transition into a full blockage of the air passage. So you can see why you should pay attention to how serious your snoring is. If you suspect sleep apnea, you should visit your general physician or sleep dentist.

Visit Your Temecula Dentists

If you are concerned that you might have OSA, we may be able to help. Call for a consultation from your Temecula dentists for a mouthguard that can keep your mouth in the proper position for open airways while you sleep. We provide comprehensive dental care for our patients of all ages. To reach our 92591 dental office, don’t hesitate to call (951) 695-2290 and schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Temecula and all surrounding communities.