Snoring can a burden for both you and your sleeping partner. In addition, chronic snoring is often an early indicator of a serious sleep disorder. Why do we snore? What steps can we take to stop snoring and rest easy? The team at A Briter Smile Dental Group explains the common causes of snoring and discusses what you can do to finally stop snoring.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when the soft tissues in the rear of our throat partially obstruct airflow. As air is forced through, the resulting vibrations cause the loud, obnoxious sound we associate with snoring.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring, along with daytime drowsiness and waking up gasping for air, is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Patients develop sleep apnea when airflow becomes completely blocked by soft tissue, causing patients to stop breathing entirely for short intervals during the night. As the brain wakes them up again and again to start breathing, patients get up in the morning feeling exhausted despite believing they’ve slept through the night. If you experience frequent snoring episodes and also feel drowsy during the day, your team at A Briter Smiles Dental Group can help diagnose your sleep disorder and prescribe the most appropriate treatment option.
Tips for Better Sleep
Ready to once again deep, full rest without snoring? Then talk to our team about an oral splint. This device is worn during sleep and repositions the jaw to prevent soft tissue from blocking airflow. Many people prefer oral splints because they are comfortable and minimally invasive options for addressing snoring and sleep apnea. For more severe cases of sleep apnea, we may discuss the use of a CPAP machine. This device involves wearing a mask during sleep that forces air through the nose and mouth to keep the patient breathing freely.
About Your Los Angeles Dentists
At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.