Snoring occurs when the flow of air that is created as you breathe causes the tissues in the back of your throat to vibrate and make that disturbing snoring sound. The sound of snoring can come through the nose or mouth, or even the combination of the two at once.
Roughly half of all people have snored at some point during their life, with being overweight, sleeping on the back, and/or using alcohol or other depressants making the condition more likely.
Or, better yet, do you notice feeling exhausted in the daytime, even when you think you’ve gotten plenty of sleep the night before?
You may be suffering from sleep apnea - a potentially dangerous condition that you should speak to your doctor about if you suspect to be a possibility.
Loud snoring can be a pain for not only the snorer, taking a toll on their quality of sleep - but can obviously be very disturbing to those trying to sleep in their presence (or even a few rooms down).
While snoring itself poses no serious problems beyond disturbing the sleep of anyone around you, the potentially underlying sleep apnea if left untreated can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure and other types of cardiovascular disease, and can even increase the risk of weight gain, memory issues, impotence, and headaches.
Also, since sleep apnea is known to significantly hinder quality of sleep, it can put tired people at risk for things like motor vehicle accidents and poor job performance.
Some actions that can be taken to reduce or even completely eliminate snoring include most importantly, losing weight if you are overweight, in addition to avoiding the use of alcohol and/or quitting smoking.
Currently, the main treatment for obstructive sleep apnea as the cause of snoring is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device. This is a mask that is worn over the nose and/or mouth during sleep to help keep the airway open by gently blowing air, thus reducing snoring.
The good news is, our Toronto dentist has a very convenient solution for disruptive snoring.
At our clinic, we offer oral appliance therapy as a dental treatment for loud snoring and/or sleep apnea.
This appliance is a mandibular advancement device that works by helping to comfortably hold the lower jaw in protrusive positioning while sleeping. This fixed positioning aids in opening the airway during sleep, thus decreasing the number of apneic and hypopneic event and minimizing snoring to improve sleep efficiency.
It’s time to start making those snooze hours count. Our team would be happy to help you part ways with sleep-disruptive snoring for once and for all.
Contact us today to learn more about our oral appliance therapy for loud snoring and/or sleep apnea.