Why You Should Talk to the Dentist About Snoring
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According to the Academy of General Dentistry, as many as 30 million Americans snore when they sleep. Though it might not be your first thought, you should talk to our dentist about snoring issues. You might be surprised to learn of the causes and potential treatments for your snoring.
Snoring and Orthodontics
A misaligned jaw can sometimes lead to snoring. A significant overbite can pinch your airway, blocking your ability to breathe. Having our trained doctor look at your jaw structure is an important first step in determining the cause of your snoring. Orthodontic treatments might be a solution, correcting both your jaw and your snoring.
What is Sleep Apnea?
You may have heard of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing becomes obstructed or interrupted during sleep. There are two forms of the disorder, including obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
In obstructive sleep apnea, your breathing becomes blocked. The usual source of this is the collapse of the tissue in the back of your throat. In central sleep apnea, your brain does not properly allow your breathing muscles to respond while sleeping.
Snoring is a common side-effect of sleep apnea, however it is important to remember that just because you snore does not necessarily mean you have sleep apnea. If you are regularly snoring and choking or gasping for air as you sleep, talk to us about sleep apnea treatments.
Using Mouthpieces and Chin Straps
There are a variety of mouthpieces and straps that are widely available with the intention of preventing snoring. Before you purchase one of these products make an appointment with our office. It is best we consider all possible causes of your snoring, and if a device is the best solution, it might be helpful to have one fitted just for you. Talk to our doctor at your next appointment.
Healthy Choices Mean Less Snoring
There are several healthy choices you can make to reduce your snoring. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends you quit smoking, lose weight, and avoid alcohol. Sleeping on your side, as opposed to your back, can also help if your snoring is caused by obstruction.
Beyond being an annoyance, snoring can be caused by serious complications such as sleep apnea. If you are struggling with managing your snoring, consider scheduling a visit to our office.
For more tips on dental health or to make an appointment to see us, contact our office.