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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Weight Gain and Snoring

Thursday, April, 1, 2021

If you have put on weight and been told by your partner that you snore, it could be a sign of sleep apnea. Although snoring and obstructive sleep apnea don’t always go hand in hand, they are a sign of the disorder also known as OSA.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea

According to the TMJ Treatment Clinic in Johnson City, the disorder causes the person to stop breathing while sleeping. These episodes can occur as many as thirty times every sixty minutes.

What Causes the Disorder?

While no one can pinpoint the exact cause OSA dental expert Dr. Angela Cameron, founder of the TMJ Treatment Clinic and Sophisticated-Smiles explains that a number of things cause OSA, but some people have higher risks of the disorder than others do.

For example, if you are a heavy smoker you are in the high-risk category. If you drink, you are also in the high-risk category.

If you are:

  • Male
  • Have a Large Neck
  • Postmenopausal
  • Overweight
  • Over 65 whether Male of Female

You are also at risk for OSA if it runs in your family or if you take certain types of over the counter and prescription medications.

Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Curable?

People who lose weight, stop smoking, and drinking often say they have no more OSA symptoms. However, that isn’t always the case as people who aren’t overweight can suffer from obstructive sleep apnea as well.

The best way to avoid surgery for obstructive sleep apnea is to schedule an appointment with Sophisticated Smiles. Dr. Cameron will evaluate your situation to determine the best solution for your mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

Oral appliance therapy is an excellent alternative to CPAP and is much more comfortable as well.

Will OSA Make My Health Suffer?

Your oral appliance specialist in Johnson City explains that obstructive sleep apnea can lead to other health problems that include:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • CPOD

While some of the following signs are impossible to detect if you live alone there are others that you can watch out for.

These may include:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Overly moody
  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loud snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat when waking up

Combating Your OSA

If you have been diagnosed, suspect you have OSA or someone has said you often stop breathing in your sleep it’s imperative that you schedule an appointment with Sophisticated-Smiles.

Call, send a text, or send a message today. Your life really could depend on it. Call for an appointment with Sophisticated-Smiles today.

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