What Causes My Snoring?

Snoring and breathing illustrationSnoring is the vibrating, rattling and noisy sound people make while breathing during sleep.  There are several factors that can lead to snoring including age and anatomical abnormalities or inflammation of the nose and throat.  Other factors can be sleep position, alcohol, medications and obesity.  Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) but not all patients who snore have OSAS.

Dr. Gordon recommends a sleep study to rule out OSAS before prescribing an oral appliance to prevent snoring. With OSAS, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression, so it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms.

Snoring has Risks

Snoring can disturb the snorer’s quality of sleep.  Lack of adequate quality sleep can affect your mood, judgment, thinking skills, and your capacity for handling conflict and stress.  All these factors can lead to increased chances of making a mistake or being involved in an accident which can put yourself and others at risk.  There are also many studies that show that not get enough quality sleep can lead to serious health risks.

Snoring and Relationships

Man snoring and keeping mad wife awakeIf you have ever sleep with someone with a loud snore, you know it can be annoying and can lead to relationship issues.  A partner lying awake in bed at night unable to sleep due your loud snore can lead to resentment.  The partner is also losing sleep which is not good for their health and can lead to irritability.  Some partners take to sleeping in another room due to snoring and this can leave you feeling lonely, isolated and punished for something you have no control over.  Getting snore treatment can show your partner you are serious about taking care of your snoring problem and that you value the relationship you share with them.

Gordon Dentistry Offers Snore Treatment

You do not have to put your emotional well-being, relationship, and health at risk.  Getting treatment for snoring by a professional can improve your quality of life on many levels.  Dr. Gordon may prescribe an oral appliance to help open the airways while you sleep.  However, if you have been diagnosed with OSAS, there are more effective treatment options than an oral appliance.  The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that oral appliance may serve as an alternative to patients who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidate for or failed treatment attempts with CPAP.  Severe apnea patients can wear CPAP in conjunction with an oral appliance to dramatically reduce the air pressure flow making CPAP much more effective, comfortable and tolerable.  For more information about sleep apnea options, visit apneaoptions.com.

If you think you would benefit from an oral appliance, call Gordon Dentistry today at 727-724-4227.   Silent Nite™ is one of the appliances she prescribes regularly.  Getting a healthy and restful sleep is important for your mental and physical health.  Not only will you be happy you did, but so will your loved ones.  Call us today if you think you need help with snoring or in need of any of our other dental services.

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