Chronic snoring can disrupt sleep cycles and affect overall wellness. It can even be a sign of a more serious disorder: sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which one experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
Both snoring and sleep apnea are ongoing conditions that disrupt sleep. Some of the symptoms of chronic snoring and disrupted sleep are headaches, irritability, daytime drowsiness, decreased sleep drive and lack of focus.
Sleep apnea can be treated with lifestyle changes, oral appliances, breathing devices, and/or surgery.
For mild snoring or sleep apnea, a custom fitted oral appliance called a “snore guard” can be helpful. Dr. Caunitz will take impressions of your mouth and create an oral appliance to help maintain an open, unobstructed airway when worn during sleep.