How loud do you snore?
You may or may not be aware that you snore, but either way, loud snoring could be an indication of a medical problem, as it takes place when your airway partially closes during sleep due to the relaxation of the neck muscles. If you snore frequently and loudly you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is where the airways become partially or totally blocked for about 10 seconds at a time.
When breathing stops, the amount of oxygen getting to important parts of your body, such as your heart and brain, is reduced. As well as having a health aspect, if you snore loudly, it can also have an effect on your relationship, especially at night when your partner is trying to sleep.
Snoring can kill!
Recent studies have shown that heavy snorers can have up to a 600% increase in atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries just from the injury the vibrations cause. The carotids supply blood to our brain. This risk is in addition to the risks of sleep apnea. Patients with untreated sleep apnea have a 600% increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. In patients with previous heart attacks untreated sleep apnea is the greatest risk for repeat infarction and death.
What your snoring is telling you
Your snoring is a warning sign to you that you; snoring could be a symptom of sleep apnea, which can result in serious health issues. There are some snoring solutions that you can undertake yourself. If you are overweight, losing some weight may reduce its occurrence.
Smoking or drinking alcohol affects the soft tissues in your throat and they tend to relax more than usual which closes up your airways. The snoring remedy here is to give up smoking and reduce alcohol consumption, both of which may benefit you.
Though weight, smoking, and drinking can be factors, snoring can have a deeper, dental cause. If you do snore a lot you probably feel tired during the day as you haven’t been getting quality sleep. If you don’t do something about it’s going to affect your job and your family relationships.
Snoring and sleep apnea have been shown to be a major cause of divorce and marital strife.
Here’s the good news
Fortunately, there are dental snoring appliances available that you can use to make you and your partner’s life far more comfortable. We can help you choose a non-invasive anti-snoring orthotic mouthpiece or mouthguard that will help you to sleep better at night. There is even an appliance (TAP) that has a volume control for your bed partner. If your snoring a simple turn of the knob can turn off the noise.
There are several devices that can help prevent or reduce snoring. The first anti snoring aid is really designed for severe sleep apnea sufferers who snore loudly. This is called the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. It is a mask worn at night that pushes air into the lungs. It can be effective, but is also rather clumsy and can be noisy and uncomfortable.
A more comfortable snoring remedy, is the mandibular advancement appliance. There are over 100 types of FDA approved mandibular advancement appliances. It is a plastic dental device worn over the lower and upper teeth that pushes the jaw forward allowing more space in the airway for breathing.
The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) is an adjustable and comfortable appliance that we fit to suit the unique shape and size of your mouth. Its role is to prevent your airway from collapsing so that you breathe better, get more sleep and snore less. It is the single most effective appliance available.
The Somnodent appliance by Somnomed is probably the most comfortable appliance. It is one of several dorsal fin mandibular advancement devices that allows free jaw movement.
The SUAD appliance is a modified Herbst appliance that uses hinges to allow jaw movement. It is the most robust appliance for patients who break other appliances.
Stop the night time noise with snoring devices
As mentioned, snoring can have multiple causes; we can help to determine the cause of your snoring and whether a dental solution could be right for you.