Here are some complications that arise because of snoring:

  • Living with a snorer can strain even the most dedicated relationship leading to dissension and in some case, divorce.
  • If you are kept awake night after night by a bed-partner's snoring, you are not getting the sleep you need. Sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, muddled thinking, illness, poor performance at work and drowsy driving.
  • When a spouse is disturbed by snoring, he or she will move to a separate bedroom. A recent study pointed out that 80% of snoring couples slept apart. The effect of the noise on a sleeping partner of a snorer can raise blood pressure in direct relation to the intensity of the noise. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.
  • Repeated deprivation of oxygen to the brain can cause high blood pressure which can damage the carotid arteries on each side of the neck. The carotid arteries carry oxygen to the brain. The damage can lead to the development of cholesterol and calcium containing plaque which further restricts blood flow to the brain and can lead to stroke.
  • A report from the University of California School of Dentistry found that 21% of men who snore had hardened blockages in there carotid arteries.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • A new study has shown that loud snoring itself can have devastating consequences. An article published in March, 2008 stated that loud snorers had 40% greater odds of having hypertension, 34% greater odds of having a heart attack and 67% greater odds of having a stroke than people who did not snore.*
* American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2008, March 1). Snoring Linked To Cardiovascular Disease, Increased Health-care Utilization.

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While qualified Dentists play an important role in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dentists are not permitted to diagnose Sleep Apnea.