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An estimated 60 million people in the United States snore, and of that, 18 million suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you are one of these, you may have noticed that not only your health and energy levels are affected, but it causes distress to your personal relationships.

Those who snore are usually also dealing with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea sufferers take in smaller quantities of oxygen than those without it. Because of this, they suffer from several problematic side effects.

-Headaches
-Poor memory and mental acuity
-GERD (heartburn, acid reflux)
-Frequent bathroom trips at night
-Chronic fatigue

Along with these are serious life-threatening health risks that are related to snoring and sleep apnea.

-Cardiovascular disease
-Stroke
-Heart failure
-High blood pressure
-Daytime fatigue
-Obesity
-Diabetes
-Depression

There are sleep devices for snoring such as a dorsal appliance that pushes the lower jaw forward slightly as you sleep on your back, keeping the airway clear for the night.

You may want to also discuss with your doctor the possibility of undergoing a sleep test either at home with a take-home kit, or in a sleep clinic. If your test results show severe sleep apnea, getting a CPAP machine may not only keep you breathing properly at night, but it may eliminate the snoring all-together.

If you are worried about chronic snoring, your pattern of sleep, or feeling exhausted all the time, come and see Dr. Danton Bradshaw for an evaluation and possible sleep testing. Please contact Snowy River Dental to make an appointment at: 208-788-2006, or come by our office in Bellevue, Idaho.