If you suffer from chronic snoring, you know that noisy nighttime breathing is not just a comic gag for sitcoms and cartoons. Snoring can be disruptive for both you and for your loved ones. It can also be quite embarrassing, and, in some cases, it can impact your personal relationships. Effective snoring treatment at our East Point, GA, office can help you achieve a restful night's sleep. At Pampered Smiles, Dr. J.D. Murray and Dr. William Alexander can alleviate snoring with custom-made oral appliances.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when your throat muscles or tongue droop while you are asleep. These soft tissues will partially block your throat, causing air to squeeze through when you breathe. The resulting tissue vibrations can be quite noisy, and snoring grows louder the more your throat constricts.
Adults and children of all ages may snore, but there are several factors that can contribute to snoring, including:
- You are male
- You are overweight
- You are over age 40
- You have enlarged tonsils or adenoids, a deviated septum, or other abnormalities in your nose or throat
- You frequently take muscle relaxants or drink alcohol before bed
Pampered Smiles can help you reduce your snoring with oral appliances. These devices typically fit like a custom-mouthguard to cover all of your teeth. The appliance will realign your jaws, tightening the soft tissues and pushing your tongue forward. These shifts can allow you to breathe more easily, quietly, and restfully.
The Importance of Treatment
Even if you do not suffer from more severe conditions, it is still important to seek treatment for your snoring. Your loud nighttime breathing may prove very disruptive to those living with you, putting strain on your relationships. In addition, loud breathing may even interrupt your own sleep. Without the full night’s rest you need, you and your loved ones can suffer from exhaustion, daytime sleepiness, mood instability, and even high blood pressure.
Our oral appliances can bring you the relief you desire, even if you are a lifelong snorer.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, if you snore, it is not a definite sign that you have OSA. Nevertheless, you should schedule an evaluation and have your sleep monitored. If you have sleep apnea, you likely will be unaware that you are waking during the night, and snoring may be your most noticeable symptom. If it turns out that you do have sleep apnea, appropriate treatment can improve your quality of life and reduce your risk for cardiovascular issues and long-term health concerns.
Seek a Restful Night's Sleep
Our oral appliances can bring you the relief you desire, even if you are a lifelong snorer. Contact our office to learn more about snoring therapy and to schedule an evaluation.