Dallas Snoring Treatment
Snoring is a common problem, fodder for jokes about old married couples in sitcoms. But like most things, snoring isn’t as funny as it’s made out to be on television. Snoring is a sign that you’re like not getting optimum sleep quality. It’s also likely disruptive of your partner’s sleep patterns. This can lead to fights and conflict. The most important reason to seriously look into snoring treatment, though, is that snoring can be a warning sign of sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that remains undiagnosed in the vast majority of sufferers.
Fortunately, snoring treatment can be simple, convenient, and inexpensive. To learn how we can help treat your snoring and find out whether there is an even more serious cause for alarm, please call us at (817) 481-6888 or email Grapevine Dental Care in Grapevine today to make an appointment with Dr. Coats.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is caused when your airway narrows at night, resulting in a turbulent airflow. During the day, your airway is held open by gravity and by your muscles. At night, when you lie down gravity pulls down on your airway, causing the soft tissue of your throat to narrow. When you fall asleep, your muscles relax, allowing your airway to narrow even further.
It’s hard for air to travel through such a narrow airway. This causes turbulence, which leads to vibrations in the airway. These vibrations are heard as sound.
Sometimes, your airway may close completely. This cuts off your air supply briefly, and is known as sleep apnea.
The goal of snoring treatment is to open your airway so air can flow more easily, which will reduce the volume of snoring or potentially eliminate it entirely. This is accomplished by improving the support for your airway. The soft tissues of your airway really only have one bony support that can be leveraged to improve support: your jaw.
Oral appliances can be used to reposition your jaw so that it provides better support for your soft tissues. These oral appliances are easy to use. They’re similar to a sports mouthguard that you put in before you go to bed. Sometimes, they may also use other principles--such as suction—to reposition soft tissues such as the tongue. This is much more comfortable than CPAP and is non-invasive unlike many surgeries out there.
Is It Sleep Apnea?
Another important factor to consider is whether your snoring may actually be a sign of the more serious condition sleep apnea. When you suffer from sleep apnea, you may notice daytime sleepiness and you may be diagnosed with other common health conditions that occur with sleep apnea.
However, the only way to know whether you have sleep apnea is to be diagnosed using a sleep test. In the past, you had to go to a sleep lab to be tested, but today we have access to take-home sleep apnea tests that you can use at home to monitor your sleep quality. This allows you to get the test done in your most comfortable sleep environment, and may help to give a more accurate assessment of your sleep patterns.
If you are concerned about sleep apnea or just worried about snoring, we can help refer you to a sleep physician who can help you get an accurate diagnosis. Please contact Grapevine Dental Care in Grapevine, Texas today for an appointment. Call us at (817) 481-6888. We look forward to meeting you!