Nearly half of all adults snore, and the problem can be very embarrassing and disruptive when it occurs. Although most cases of snoring are not serious, the condition can be a sign of a very troubling sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. Unlike normal snoring, obstructive sleep apnea can be life-threatening, so the issue should be taken very seriously.
At SmileWorld Dental, our experts can determine the cause of your snoring problem and help you put a stop to the problem so that you can receive the good night of sleep that you deserve. Whether your snoring is just a small annoyance or something more concerning, our dedicated team will be there for you every step of the way.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring occurs when the flowing air that is traveling through the passages at the back of a person’s mouth and nose becomes blocked. The most common cause of such a blockage is the individual’s throat becoming overly relaxed when they are asleep. The end result is a loud vibration that happens whenever the snorer breathes. Although this can be disruptive to both the snorer and their sleeping partner, the problem is usually nothing to worry about; however, heavy snoring is the defining characteristic of a very serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea. This condition causes a person to experience shallow breaths and pausing in breathing while they are asleep. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to life-threatening conditions, including heart attack and stroke.
While there is a heavy correlation between snoring and sleep apnea, their treatment methods are radically different.
Snoring can usually be eliminated by having the individual make positive lifestyle changes and basic adjustments in their sleeping position. Some effective methods to stop snoring include:
- Losing weight
- Exercising more
- Avoiding sleep medication
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Sleeping on the side rather than the back
- Elevating the head while sleeping
On the other hand, obstructive sleep apnea is much more serious, and it usually requires direct medical intervention. If our experts determine that you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, you may be a candidate for one of the following:
- CPAP Devices
- Mouth Guards
If you or a loved one is experiencing heavy snoring and you want to put a stop to the problem, please call us at (209) 543-0555 to schedule an appointment.