Can Snoring Be Dangerous, Even without Sleep Apnea?

Jun 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Richmond Dentist, Sleep Apnea

Sleep ApneaWhen it’s not part of a scripted comedy routine, snoring isn’t exactly humorous, especially to those whose sleeping partners snore constantly. You may have heard of obstructive sleep apnea and how snoring can often indicate the common sleep disorder. However, new research suggests that snoring may prove dangerous to your health even without the presence of OSA. Your Richmond dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, explores the study and encourages you to seek treatment to stop snoring as soon as possible.

The Mechanics of Snoring

When you sleep, the muscles and tissues in your throat relax, shrinking your airway in the process. When these tissues collapse enough, snoring can result as air escapes the smaller airway, causing the tissues to vibrate. In cases of obstructive sleep apnea, your airway can close completely, forcing you to stop breathing. Repeated apnic episodes (which can occur hundreds of times a night) can inhibit the oxygen flow to your brain, and OSA has long been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. According to researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, the risks to your health may actually begin with snoring itself, before it even becomes obstructive sleep apnea.

Snoring and Cardiovascular Health

To measure snoring’s impact on cardiovascular health, Dr. Robert Deeb and senior study author Dr. Kathleen Yaremchuk reviewed the data on 913 patients who had been evaluated by the Henry Ford Hospital’s sleep center. Of these participants, 54 of them, none of which had sleep apnea, underwent an examination to measure the thickness of their carotid arteries—the two large arteries responsible for supplying the brain with oxygenated blood. Compared to their non-snoring counterparts, patients who snored exhibited significantly thicker carotid artery linings, which are a precursor to the arterial disease atherosclerosis, heart disease, and heart failure. Researchers believe the trauma to the arteries may be due to the constant and consistent vibrations, which can incite swelling and inflammation.

Learn How to Stop Snoring with Help from Your Richmond Dentist

If you or your partner snores, don’t give way to frustration. Instead, seek help to stop snoring and reduce its related health risks by speaking with Dr. Moiceanu. To learn how we can help you achieve the sleep you need, schedule a consultation with your Richmond dentist by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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