Across the country, a significant percentage of couples struggle with their partner’s disruptive snoring habit. Snoring that consistently causes you or your partner to lose sleep may be an indication of sleep apnea. As a result of this sleep-disordered breathing problem, some couples feel they have no choice but to resort to a “sleep divorce” in order to get some sleep at night.
Couples who cannot share the same bed or bedroom due to disruptive sleeping habits experience a sleep divorce. Separate sleeping spaces may result in a better night’s sleep, but they don’t address the disruption itself.
There are more effective solutions available to address issues related to snoring and sleep apnea as sleep medicine technology advances. As a result of these interceptive solutions, both partners are able to get a good night’s sleep. Getting a custom dental sleep apnea appliance from a sleep dentistry provider can help you end your sleep divorce.
Exactly What is Sleep Apnea?
An individual with obstructive sleep apnea may experience interrupted breathing or may stop breathing altogether during sleep. Snoring is one of the most recognizable symptoms, but fatigue, depression, enlarged tonsils, a large neck circumference, worn or flat teeth, and weight gain are also warning signs.
There is more danger in sleep apnea than it seems. Health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and fatigue throughout the day are directly linked to it. In the case of sleep apnea, it is best to treat it from a functional and overall health standpoint.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options: What Are They?
Sleep apnea therapy begins with an initial consultation with a health professional (such as a dentist or sleep physician) to assess specific warning signs and symptoms. In severe cases of sleep apnea, surgery or the use of a CPAP machine is required; however, custom-fitted oral sleep appliances are a more common treatment. Using a dental sleep appliance positions your jaw slightly forward, reducing soft tissue obstructions at the back of your throat. During sleep, this natural increase in airflow reduces or eliminates snoring.
If you or your partner are experiencing or considering a sleep divorce due to snoring, it is important to treat the problem at its source. Our office can help you get back to restful sleep with a sleep apnea screening and consultation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are here for you.