Snoring, to most people, seems like a harmless but annoying occurrence. Spouses and other people in the snorer’s life seemed doomed to just accept this disturbance. What most people don't know is that snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a medical condition that dramatically reduces a sufferer's quality of life. If you're not familiar with sleep apnea, you should know that it's much more common than you think. Millions suffer from it. Many of these people just go through life compensating for their lack of quality, regenerative sleep. Sleep is just as crucial to long-term health as eating right and working out. The Greek word for "want of breath" is "apnea." When you snore heavily, you cut off the oxygen flow to your body. This occurs because once a person reaches a state of deep sleep, their tongue and mouth issue slide backwards into the throat, which inhibits the airflow. The loud snoring occurs when the lungs force air outwards to get rid of the blockage. Sleep apnea sufferers—while they're not aware of it—may stop breathing several hundred times a night. In order to learn more, you may want to visit Dr. Gordon Chee of Aesthetic Dental Studio. If you live in the Calgary area, Dr. Gordon Chee at Aesthetic Dental Studio is here for you to guide you to the best course of action. Over the course of time, if not diagnosed and treated, sleep apnea can lead to dramatically increased likelihoods of hypertension, muscular pain, debilitating headaches and lack of productivity due to drowsiness. If you live in the Calgary, Alberta area and feel you or your partner may suffer from sleep apnea, please contact Aesthetic Dental Studio today to schedule an appointment.