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For a lot of people, snoring is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean it is not a sign of something serious. While snoring during allergy season or when you have a cold may seem rather harmless, here is how prolonged cases of snoring could be harmful during pregnancy.
A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System revealed evidence that snoring during pregnancy could affect an unborn child.
Snoring can sometimes be related to a sleep breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the airway becomes restricted or completely blocked while sleeping, hence the snoring sound. While these instances can occur randomly throughout the night, severe cases of sleep apnea sufferers may experience it hundreds of times in one single night. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, it decreases the amount of oxygen in the blood, which can increase one’s risk of certain health problems, and for pregnant women this could increase their risk of pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure.
In the study, scientists followed about 1,600 pregnant mothers; one-third were regular snorers. Among the snorers, a large portion had cesarean deliveries, with many of those being emergency C-sections. Another trend the scientists recognized was that newborns weighed less than average when born to a mother who snored. While a low-birth-weight is not always bad, it does increase the baby’s chance of developing certain medical conditions.
With this information, doctors and mothers can plan accordingly. It is imperative that a pregnant mother be screened for sleep apnea early on during her pregnancy. Simple, non-invasive treatment methods such as with oral appliance therapy can help to alleviate the risks of sleep apnea by opening the airway and allowing for more air. Oral appliance therapy works by slightly readjusting the lower jaw into a more forward position, which, in turn, helps to open the airway, and thus reducing the risks associated with sleep apnea.
Treating your sleep apnea will not only increase your own quality of life but for your unborn baby as well. A pregnant mother’s body goes through a lot during pregnancy as it grows a tiny human. You need your strength, and health, especially during this vital time of pregnancy.
Here is what to look for if you think that you may have obstructive sleep apnea:
- Daytime fatigue
- Memory loss
- Difficulty focusing
While these are not all the symptoms associated with sleep apnea, they are the most common. If you are unsure whether you snore, ask your partner. However, the best way to determine if you have sleep apnea is to receive an airway evaluation and sleep test from a sleep apnea dentist in Nashville. At Devine Dentistry, we can identify, and treat your sleep apnea based on the severity of your symptoms, while keeping the health of you and your baby in mind.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Nashville
Feeling tired all of the time? Don’t just chalk that up to your pregnancy because you could have an underlying sleep breathing disorder. To learn more about sleep apnea or for a screening, please contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.
Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the Middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.
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