Do you have a snoring problem? Do family members frequently complain about how much noise you make when you sleep? Do you awaken every morning feeling exhausted and unrefreshed? If this sounds like you and you’re looking for a snoring solution, then you’ll be glad to know that help may be as close as a call to your Milwaukee dentist.
What causes snoring and what’s so bad about it?
Snoring is a common condition that many think is just about the irritating noise, but it is also associated with other health risks. There are many factors that may contribute to snoring, including:
- a deviated septum
- heavy throat tissue
- enlarged tonsils
- decreased muscle tone in your throat
- a misaligned bite
Any one of these conditions can narrow your airway and cause your soft tissue to touch and rub together. This vibrating makes the unpleasant noise we all know as snoring.
The associated health risks of snoring include:
- Sleep apnea; a serious sleep disorder
- Disruptive, poor quality sleep (for you and your significant other)
- Increased pressure on your heart
- Frequent morning headaches
- Reduced oxygen levels in your blood
- Weight gain
- Chronic fatigue
How can the dentist help?
If you have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, your dentist will examine you to determine whether there is a dental cause. If there is, there are various sleep disorder treatments available, including custom-fitted oral appliances.
These high-quality devices are designed to fit comfortably while preventing your jaw and tongue from relaxing into a position that would obstruct your airway.
Where can you get treatment?
If you are concerned that you have a sleep disorder, it is important to seek treatment. If are looking for a Milwaukee dentist, contact Dr. Michael Westman of TMJ & Sleep Disorder Solutions to schedule your complimentary 15-minute consultation.