People who snore loudly are often the target of bad jokes and middle of the night elbow thrusts; but snoring is no laughing matter. Loud habitual snoring may signal a potentially life threatening disorder: obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Unlike simple snoring, obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition. The risks of undiagnosed OSA include heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart disease and decreased libido. In addition, OSA causes daytime drowsiness that can result in accidents, lost productivity and interpersonal relationship problems. The symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe. Thier are several different types of treatment for OSA, including dental appliances. Dental appliances are intended to treat apnea by keeping the airway open in one of three ways-by pusing the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue from falling back over the airway or combining the two. Call our office today to see if you are a candidate, and get the best nights sleep you’ve had in a while. Our Greenwood/Southside Indianapolis office number is 317-859-6768.