Snoring is a common problem that over 80 million people in North America experience. Snoring may seem like a harmless part of sleep; however, it can really affect the quality of your sleep and the sleep of your partner.
What Causes Snoring?
There are several different reasons why someone may be a snorer. Typically, it is caused by reduced airflow through your through and mouth. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for you to breath, causing a vibration that makes the snoring sound.
Causes of Snoring Include:
Excess body weight
Certain sleep aides or sedatives
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Mandibular Advancement Device
A mandibular advancement device (MAD) may be a solution to treat your snoring. The MAD is designed to keep your jaw in a forward position, increasing the space in your airway so you can breathe easier.
MAD is a comfortable and inexpensive solution to help you stop snoring and get a better night’s rest.
People who suffer from sleep apnea find themselves getting little to no sleep because of difficulties breathing while sleeping. More than 12 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea, but there are ways to treat it.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes your breathing to stop throughout the night. This can happen anywhere between 20 and 30 times and night, which results in your waking up each time so you will start breathing again.
This constant disruption from your sleep cycle causes you to be groggy throughout the day because you never get to achieve deep sleep. Eventually, this lack of sleep can take many tolls on your health and your life.
Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
Headaches upon waking in the morning
Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical issue that if left untreated, can result in high blood pressure, increased risk of heart issues, and strokes. Likewise, the constant sleepiness caused by sleep apnea can lead to problems in the social and professional aspects of your life as well.
Sleep Apnea Solutions
There are many different ways to treat sleep apnea, depending on the severity of each case. If sleep apnea is a result of obesity, smoking, or sleeping position, the answer is to lose weight, stop smoking, or correct your sleeping position. However, in more severe cases, your dentist can provide you with an oral device to help you breathe easier during sleep. In the most severe cases, surgery may be recommended.
If you or a loved one suffers from chronic snoring due to sleep apnea, contact your doctor. We can provide you with a MAD to help treat your snoring and help you sleep better.