Snoring Sleep Apnea
People who breathe through their mouths or snore at night are often candidates for snoring and sleep apnea treatment. What are the effects of a narrow airway on my sleep?
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by blockages in your air passages. As air is forced through tight passages, it creates the noisy snoring vibration.
When you are snoring, your sleep is being disrupted. Many people who snore report feeling drowsy and sleepy throughout the day, no matter how long they sleep at night.
Although the immediate fatigue caused by inadequate rest is difficult, when the inadequate rest becomes chronic, it can actually lead to even more serious health concerns.
Snoring can also be an indicator of more serious medical conditions, such as sleep apnea.
Is there anything I can do to improve or eliminate my snoring?
Your lifestyle choices and some physical factors can have a big impact on your snoring.
Some of the factors that can lead to increased snoring are obesity, sleeping on your back, a large tongue or large tonsils, smoking, consumption of alcohol, taking certain medications, and problems with nasal breathing.
How can River Oaks Dental help my snoring?
Our dentists have helped many patients to reduce or eliminate snoring. Typically for patients who snore, we recommend a custom snore guard.
A snore guard is similar to a bite guard, and works to reduce or eliminate snoring by repositioning your jaw and tongue to make room for unobstructed airflow, resulting in a more restful sleep.
This simple dental appliance, which is custom fitted to your mouth, will work to reduce your snoring, leaving you rejuvenated and well-rested each morning.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a very common sleeping disorder. People who suffer from sleep apnea will experience pauses in breathing or shallow breathing while they sleep.
These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to approximately a minute, and may occur up to thirty times per hour.
While a patient’s breathing is paused, they usually move into a lighter phase of sleep, or awaken. The result of this pattern is a disrupted or less restful sleep.
How can I improve my sleep with sleep apnea treatment?
There are many different approaches to improving sleep apnea, ranging from simple lifestyle and routine changes to extremely effective custom-made dental appliances. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.