Snoring and Your Sleep Quality
Snoring affects millions of people across the world, and most of them don’t consider it a serious health issue. Fortunately, if it only occurs occasionally, snoring may not have much of an impact on your sleep, health, or quality of life. However, when you snore frequently, the mechanisms behind it can make it more difficult for you to sleep and breathe peacefully throughout the night. In some cases, it can even be an indication of an underlying sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, that could have an even more pronounced impact on your sleep quality.
Why do you snore?
The trouble with chronic snoring lies in why you constantly snore. Occasional snoring may simply be the result of being excessively tired, or experiencing sinus or chest congestion. When it occurs frequently, however, the cause is often a partial obstruction of your airway at night. This may be caused by overrelaxed mouth and/or throat tissues collapsing somewhat into the airway while you sleep, which creates a smaller space for your breath to travel through. The smaller space increases the air pressure of your breathing, causing the tissues in your throat to vibrate loudly.
Is it really a disorder?
When your snore constantly, there may be no home remedy that you can help you stop for good. That’s because the problem may require professional treatment, which we can design after a thorough examination and diagnosis of your condition. Snoring chronically can force your body to work harder when it should be resting, and could reduce the amount of oxygen you receive every night. The longer it’s left unaddressed, the more serious its effects can be on your overall health and wellbeing.
How do you know snoring is a problem?
Many patients realize that they snore chronically because their sleeping partners complain of the noise every night. This can prompt them to seek advice and treatment from their doctors or dentists. However, you might also realize you snore every night if you wake up with a sore, dry throat every morning, experience headaches when you wake up, or wake yourself up from the noise in the middle of the night. Seeking a professional diagnosis is the most effective way to know for sure if your snoring habit is a problem that should be treated. For example, we may recommend a sleep assessment that can determine the overall quality of your sleep, and whether you can benefit from professional snoring treatment.
What are your options to stop snoring?
If you’re diagnosed with a chronic snoring problem, then you should address it as soon as possible to mitigate the effects it might have on your wellbeing. At our office, we offer a number of different solutions to help improve patients’ sleep by helping them stop snoring or address an underlying sleep breathing disorder. A custom appliance can help ensure that your airway doesn’t become partially obstructed when you sleep, and therefore, cause you to snore. Your appliance will be custom-made specifically to keep your airway clear and free throughout the night.
We can help you stop snoring
If you have a chronic snoring problem, we can help you address it with a custom-designed sleep guard. To learn more, schedule a sleep consultation by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.