Snoring is a very common issue that affects nearly half of all adults to some extent. When the problem occurs, it can be embarrassing, and it can cause sleep disruptions for both the snorer and their partner. While most cases of snoring are harmless and not of major concern, the habit can also be a defining sign of a condition called obstructive sleep apnea.
Whether your snoring is just a minor annoyance or a serious medical problem, the experts at Premier Dental Spa will work to determine the exact cause of your snoring habit so that we can move forward with the most effective treatment. Once we know why your snoring is occurring, we will be able to help you put a rest to the issue so that you and your partner can enjoy a great sleep every night.
Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea
Snoring is caused by a blockage of air that is flowing through the passages at the back of an individual’s mouth and nose. When the flowing air becomes blocked, it results in loud vibrations or snores. In most situations, the blockages are caused by the person’s throat becoming overly relaxed while sleeping. Since snoring is the result of flowing air, snores generally occur whenever the person attempts to breathe. Although these loud vibrations can be bothersome to both the snorer and their partner, the condition itself is usually not serious; however, about 20 percent of all snoring is caused by another condition called obstructive sleep apnea. This disorder is the result of a person experiencing serious breathing trouble while asleep. People who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea will take shallow breaths and experience long pauses in their breathing that can last anywhere from a few seconds to over a minute.
Since obstructive sleep apnea is a real possibility, any patient who experiences snoring should have their symptoms professionally examined. Even if you have had the condition ruled out in the past, you should still have a chronic snoring habit checked out from time to time. This is because obstructive sleep apnea can develop over time, including in people who are current snorers. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can potentially lead to dangerous conditions including heart disease and stroke.
Many cases of simple snoring can be cured by making positive lifestyle changes and basic adjustments in sleeping position. Some of the treatment methods that have demonstrated success in eliminating snoring include:
- Losing weight
- Avoiding sleep medications
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Sleeping on the side instead of the back
- Elevating one’s head while asleep
As a treatment for both snoring and sleep apnea, we specialize in high-quality, lightweight oral appliances that can be used to position the jaw and tongue properly in order to improve breathing while you sleep.
If you believe you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea, please call us at (732) 257-7675 to schedule an appointment.