Snoring when you sleep? If you do, it’s likely your sleeping partner has brought the subject up once or twice. Although you might think your snoring habit is normal, it might indicate that something else is going on in your body. Snoring can result in your brain not receiving enough oxygen when it sleeps which is one of the top symptoms of sleep apnea.
If you snore at night, it’s important to understand what’s causing it and seek treatment so that you and your partner can get a better night’s rest and so your health doesn’t suffer. Skip the store-bought remedies and schedule an appointment with Dr. Clancy at Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry by calling (781) 396-8558 today.
What Causes Snoring?
Usually snoring is a side effect of a stuffy nose and often occurs when people suffer from allergies or experience a cold or the flu. It’s not normal to experience snoring daily. When you fall asleep at night and your airway becomes obstructed, the surrounding soft tissue such as the tongue and larynx vibrates which causes the snoring sound. If you think of your throat like a garden hose – when you block the hose, it begins to bubble and become uneven. Your throat does the same thing when you snore at night.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Nearly 70% of people who have sleep apnea snore at night. This is why Dr. Clancy recommends that any patient who experiences snoring on a regular basis undergoes a sleep test to see if they have sleep apnea. If you think you might have sleep apnea, there are other symptoms you can watch out for. For example, the louder you snore at night, the more likely you have sleep apnea.
If you think you might have sleep apnea, Dr. Clancy can refer you to a sleep clinic or recommend that you ask your regular physician to give you a sleep test. You can take a sleep test either at a clinic or in your own bed depending on your preference. The sleep test evaluates you while you sleep so that your doctor can determine if you have sleep apnea.
You can watch out for other symptoms related to sleep apnea such as:
- Bad memory
- High blood pressure
- Daytime sleepiness
- Depression or other mood disorders
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms in addition to frequent snoring, it’s incredibly important to have yourself checked for sleep apnea. Without treatment, sleep apnea is a life-threatening condition.
Although sleep apnea is more commonly associated with heart risks, it’s still worth mentioning. When you snore at night, the vibrations from the snoring can actually damage your arteries. If damage to your arteries occurs, the arteries can harden and scar which can cause a stroke, lead to high blood pressure, or increase your risk of heart attack or heart disease.
Snoring also doesn’t allow your body to experience an open airflow which can make gaining a restful night of sleep hard to accomplish. You might also awaken throughout the night due to the sound of your own snoring. With these poor sleeping patterns, it’s more likely for you to be in a car accident because you’re more likely to fall asleep at the wheel or feel less alert.
You and your partner also might fight more often due to the poor sleep caused by your snoring. If you want to benefit your health and your relationship, it’s important to seek snoring treatment.
Treatment in Woburn
At Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry, we offer a comfortable alternative to CPAP therapy to help you stop snoring for good. We offer the Micr02 orthotic device to treat sleep apnea and snoring. The device is custom-made to fit your mouth and feels much like wearing a nightguard. The device moves your jaw and tongue into the correct position so that while you sleep, your airway remains open. The device is comfortable to wear, easy to transport and is much more preferred over CPAP.
If you’re suffering from snoring, or believe you might have sleep apnea, it’s important to seek a proper diagnosis and treatment before it’s too late. Please contact Dr. Clancy at Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry for a consultation for snoring treatment in the Greater Boston area. You can schedule a consultation by calling (781) 396-8558 today.