Why snoring can be dangerous – and how to stop it
Anyone who sleeps with a snorer knows that snoring is annoying, but it can also be dangerous for the person who snores. Snoring is often an indication that something is wrong with the person’s breathing, and one of the most common snoring causes is sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that causes the body to literally stop breathing during sleep. You can stop snoring and breathe freely all night in several ways, with one of the best solutions being available from the dentist.
Snoring can be a symptom of something else
Most often snoring itself is not a condition; it’s a symptom of another condition. To eliminate snoring, the condition that’s causing it needs to be cured. Snoring occurs when tissue at the back of the throat vibrates when air passes by it. The vibration can be caused by many different things, from drinking alcohol right before bed to sleep apnea. Snoring is more common in older people and men, but anyone can snore. People who are overweight are more likely to snore than thinner people are.
Snoring that is not caused by something serious like sleep apnea is called benign snoring. It can still be a nuisance, and it’s often connected to drinking before bed or being overweight. In these cases, lifestyle changes could reduce snoring, and be good for your health at the same time.
Snoring caused by sleep apnea
When sleep apnea is the cause of snoring, getting treatment for the sleep disorder will not only reduce or eliminate snoring, but it will also:
- help you sleep better
- eliminate other symptoms of sleep apnea like chronic fatigue and irritability
- make you much healthier overall
Dental treatment for snoring and sleep apnea
The traditional treatment for sleep apnea is a force airway machine called a CPAP, which keeps the airway open so breathing can continue during sleep. A simpler and more comfortable alternative is an oral appliance, designed and fitted to the individual patient by a dentist, which keeps the mouth positioned so that air can pass through freely, breathing can continue uninterrupted all night and the vibration that causes snoring is eliminated.
Snoring treatment by an oral appliance can eliminate not just snoring, but the dangerous effects of sleep apnea. Since there are many snoring causes, an exam by a dentist and a sleep doctor can uncover the reason for your snoring. Even if the snoring has a benign cause, an oral appliance can help to reduce or eliminate it, allowing you to get better sleep, be more productive during your waking hours and be healthier overall.
If you or your partner has a snoring problem, call for an appointment to discuss causes and solutions.