Awkward Sleep Apnea Conversation? Read On!

Sleep is such an important part of life. We spend about one-third of our life asleep, and when things aren’t going well for you or your sleeping partner it can be awkward.  When you are the one with the sleep disorder issue, you can choose to face it and find a solution. But when you notice sleeping issues in spouse or loved one, it can lead to surprise, minimizing, and even outright denial. We are committed to helping you deal with sleep issues in Livonia, MI, whether for yourself or a family member.

“Honey, Your Snoring Is Escalating.”

If you have a sleep partner who snores occasionally, it may not be a sign of anything serious. Sometimes a cold, a dry room, or a little extra wine at dinner can produce nighttime snoring. However, if your partner’s snoring is very loud, occurs most nights or has been becoming more frequent or more pronounced, it is time to think about getting a professional opinion, so you can both get a good night’s sleep.

“Your Morning Breath is Quite… Noticeable.”

Sleep apnea can lead to a dry mouth, which can then have a secondary effect of unpleasant breath odor. When the body is deprived of oxygen, as during sleep apnea episodes, it is not unusual for someone to sleep with their mouth open, or to gulp air. Saliva evaporates before it can perform its function of washing food particles and bacteria from tooth surfaces. The result is unpleasant breath, particularly noticeable in the morning and that can linger throughout the day.

“Your Dentist Can Offer Solutions.”

An awkward conversation doesn’t have to be a dead end. Once you have broached the topic, you can offer to accompany your partner to dental appointment, to get expert advice. There are dental solutions, such as night time appliances, that hold the jaw in the correct position to keep the airway open, and avoid the vibrations of collapsed throat tissues that are heard by the ears as loud and distressful snoring.

Is It Time for Conversation About Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is unlikely to resolve on its own, so putting off a conversation is not a helpful plan of action. There are solutions available, and by addressing the issue, you take the first step towards finding help. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Livonia, MI and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.