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By Reep Family Dental
February 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleap Apnea  

Did you know that snoring might not be as harmless as you think? Annoying to others, sure, but snoring is also a prevalent sign of deeper, more frightening respiratory issues than you may have given it credit for.

That's because snoring only happens when there's a slight obstruction of your airway, leading to the vibration of palatal tissues that Sleep Apneacauses the sound you hear when someone "snores." Millions of Americans suffer from snoring today, an alarming number when you think about the fact that snoring can mean underlying problems like sleep apnea, which can cause an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and even death if left unchecked.

But at Reep Family Dental, you can find full rest knowing that the trusted dental experts on site have what it takes to get you sleeping easy again. Led by Nic Reep, DDS, these helpful dentists make it their mission to clear up your snoring symptoms and rid your risk of sleep apnea.

Below are a few facts about and some of the leading signs you might be suffering from sleep apnea:

What Is It?

Characterized as breathing patterns that have brief interruptions while you sleep, sleep apnea has three primary manifestations: central apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, and mixed apnea, all of which can worsen with increasing age, weight gain, alcohol use, and sleeping pills.

What Are The Symptoms?

Aside from snoring, sleep apnea can cause excessive daytime fatigue, gasping or choking while you sleep, daytime grogginess, a fuzzy memory, irritability, lowered sex drive, personality alterations, and headaches. Though more rare, children can have sleep apnea, too, though usually because of factors such as enlarged adenoids, tonsils, or a swollen nasal mucosa, which can be seen through symptoms like mucous draining from the nose, mouth breathing, a nasal sound to his/her voice, bed wetting, daytime irritability, and trouble keeping focused in daily activities.

For more information on sleep apnea and how to spot it before it takes hold of your bedtime airways, give Dr. Reep or one of his trusted dental associates a call today at (509) 594-4437 for leading sleep apnea solutions right here in Yakima, WA!

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