A Nightly Nuisance With a Serious Impact on Health
We get it: snoring is really annoying. We hear from snorers and their bed partners every day about how snoring is affecting their sleep and their relationships. But when we get down to the root cause of chronic snoring, it's easy to see why it's so much more serious than getting kicked to the couch at night.
Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring
Because we're one of the few sleep dentist offices in the area, we get a lot of questions about snoring and sleep apnea. Don't see your question here? Get in touch.
There are a few reasons a person might snore, and some of them are more concerning than others. If you fall asleep on the couch with your head in an odd position, you may find yourself snoring. People often snore when they have colds or allergy symptoms. These one-off incidents are temporary and not much cause for concern.
Snoring every night, on the other hand, is a serious matter that merits a visit to your physician or a sleep dentist. Chronic snoring can be caused by obesity, enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids. and other airway problems that literally causes the airway to collapse during sleep.
Snoring may seem like an annoyance, but it is actually one of the most prominent indicators of sleep disorderes—namely, obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has been significantly linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and strokes. If you or your spouse snore, it's important to see a sleep specialist who can help determine the cause of your snoring and what can be done to stop it.
Dentistry has a role to play in helping manage the human airway—both in its growth and development (think childhood/adolescent growth, orthodontics, etc.) as well as in its treatment. A sleep dentist may be able to provide customized, non-invasive treatments to help you stop snoring and sleep better.
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