According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea. Some of the symptoms include:
However, one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is also one that is potentially embarrassing: snoring. If you are a resident of Westminster, CO and suspect sleep apnea is disrupting your slumber, not to mention potentially keeping your partner awake, you may be able to get help by visiting a dentist. Although physicians commonly diagnose sleep apnea too, dentists may be the first points of contact.
Have a Confidential Chat
Dr. John Schmidt could help you stop snoring in Westminster, CO after you have a consultation with him at our office. In addition to performing an exam, Dr. Schmidt will have an honest conversation with you to determine whether the symptoms you are experiencing could be due to sleep apnea. During this session, you can rest assured anything you say will be kept private.
Make Meaningful Lifestyle Changes
Mild cases of sleep apnea are often improved through lifestyle changes such as losing weight, changing your sleeping position or giving up cigarettes. If you really want to stop snoring in Westminster, CO, these are the first likely courses of action.
Get Fitted with a Dental Appliance
Dr. Schmidt may also recommend you begin using a dental appliance that repositions the tongue and jaw as you sleep. It looks similar to a mouth guard worn during athletic events to prevent tooth loss. This device pushes the jaw forward to reduce snoring.
Although doing research on your own can be helpful, getting professional advice is the only way to know for sure whether your snoring and other symptoms are happening because of sleep apnea. Contact our Westminster office today by calling 720-943-6888 to make an appointment with Dr. Schmidt. Conveniently located on Delaware Street, our facilities are well equipped and welcoming.