When Snoring Isn’t Snoring
Have trouble with snoring? You’re not alone. Some 45% of adults snore at least occasionally and more than 25% are habitual snorers. More than half of men over sixty snore regularly. Although snoring can make you an unwelcome roommate, there’s no reason to be embarrassed. But in some cases, you should be concerned.
Snoring is often caused by poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat. The tongue falls backwards and touches the back of the throat where it can restrict normal airflow and vibrate. Sometimes snoring is caused by large tonsils and adenoids, bulky neck tissues, and excessive length and swelling of the soft palate.
Many snorers have a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea where breathing can be totally and repeatedly stopped for ten seconds or longer during sleep. People with apnea can spend more than half of their sleep time not getting enough oxygen. Their hearts work much harder and they wake up un-refreshed and sleepy. They can fall asleep during the day, sometimes even behind the wheel.
Most snorers can be helped! Establishing regular sleep patterns, avoiding sleeping pills and alcohol, plus exercising and sleeping on your side can help. Even so, sometimes special tests and corrective snoring appliances are needed to identify the problem and help restore easy breathing. If you have trouble with snoring, give us a call. We can help you!
Put Snoring To Sleep
With a sleep appliance!
Virtually all of us snore from time to time. For some, light snoring is no more than an occasional, inconvenient habit, but chronic, heavy, loud snoring can be more serious. Why do we snore? It usually occurs when you naturally relax during sleep and your lower jaw and tongue drop back against the back of your throat. This constricts the airway and your body reacts by intensifying your breathing. The increased velocity of air vibrates the throat’s soft tissues and creates the snoring noise.
If you are a light to moderate snorer, we can fit you with a wonderful oral appliance that is worn while you sleep. It’s much like an athletic mouthguard, but with its own unique characteristics. These appliances, which can only be fitted by medical and dental professionals, prevent airway obstruction and allow you a refreshing, quiet, stress-free sleep.
If you are a chronic heavy snorer, you may have a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which is frequently associated with hypertension and even stroke and cardiopulmonary problems. We will need to fully evaluate your condition to find exactly which treatment plan is necessary for your personal situation and needs.
If your snoring is a concern to you (or your partner!), please come in for a consultation.