Snoring keeping you up at night?
“My snoring? Oh that’s nothing but a noisy nighttime nuisance!” The majority of people view snoring as a regular part of sleep, but in reality it’s a sign that your breathing pattern during your rest isn’t as healthy as it should be. This can lead to a number of consequences to your physical and mental health. If your snoring is serious, you’ll often notice symptoms such as waking up tired, a sore throat, nasal troubles, or mumbled complaints from spouses, family members, and roommates.
What causes snoring?
As you drift into sleep, your soft palate, tongue and throat begin to relax along with the rest of your body. For those who snore, the relaxation of these throat tissues causes the airways to restrict, vibrating and rumbling them as oxygen is forced past. Narrower airways mean heavier snoring since more force is required to breathe. Many factors can contribute to snoring issues, including:
- A thick, low-hanging soft palate
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Incorrect jaw placement
- Elongated uvula
- Alcohol consumption
- Being overweight or obese
- Sleep apnea
If you or someone you care about suffers from chronic snoring or any other symptoms of sleep apnea, you’ll likely benefit from getting dental help. Visit a Regina dentist such as Dr. Loreen Larson to get a professional opinion on if any dental sleep treatments will make a difference for you.
Dental treatments for snoring
Snoring can be more than just annoying, it can easily disrupt your sleep and negatively impact your health. In many cases, positioning your jaw into the correct position with prescribed custom fitted oral appliance will help get you a good night’s rest, helping both your physical and mental health. If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea the options may include a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to help you breathe properly, or the increasingly popular Oral Appliance Therapy which custom fits a mouthguard to aid in keeping your airways open. Sleep is vital to your wellbeing and should never be sacrificed, so be sure to contact our educated staff at Health Style Dental if you have any questions or concerns.