When you suffer from chronic snoring, this could prevent your significant other from resting properly, and also indicate the potential for a serious sleep disorder. Which is why when you snore on a nightly basis, we want to see you to evaluate your sleep apnea risk. In today’s blog, your helpful sleep science experts in Livonia, MI talk about a possible solution!
The Causes of Snoring
Snoring is a loud and obnoxious sound created when your air passages are partially blocked by soft tissues. When you breathe, this forces air through these obstructed passages and creates a loud sound by vibrating the soft tissues. You struggle to take in the air you need. We all snore occasionally but if this is a nightly occurrence for you then this could be the presence of a sleep disorder, a serious one that could lead to major oral health complications down the road.
A Potential Link to Sleep Apnea
With sleep apnea, your air passages are completely blocked by airflow. You stop breathing for brief periods until the brain wakes up after registering the drop in oxygen. You may not remember waking up, this could happen several times a night, interrupting your sleep cycle and leaving you exhausted. You feel irritable, have trouble focusing on tasks, and feel tired. Without treatment, this could strain both your immune system and your cardiovascular health, leaving you more vulnerable to illnesses and even poor heart health.
Treatment with an Oral Appliance
You can reduce your snoring risk by avoiding alcohol, large meals, vigorous exercise, or caffeine before bed. Other risk factors could include obesity, resting on your back, sinus and allergy concerns, and deviated septum. Our team could offer relief with a CPAP alternative known as oral appliance therapy. We take detailed images and measurements of your smile and use them in a lab setting to design and fabricate an oral appliance. The device looks and fits like a mouthguard, and is worn at night. Once in place, this shifts your jaw and tongue forward to keep airways open and free of obstruction. You stop snoring and enjoy uninterrupted sleep, so you feel more alert and rested the next day. You also protect your heart health and your immune system!
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like chronic snoring and sleep apnea, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you rest with ease and enjoy your best quality of life!
LEARN HOW TO STOP YOUR NIGHTLY SNORES WITH OUR TEAM!
Our team is here to help you enjoy a goodnight’s rest and easy breathing free of interruption. To learn more about improving how you can rest at night, call Dr. James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI at (734)425-4400 today and schedule your appointment for a consultation!