Do you snore? Does your significant other often complain about your loud snoring? Many people don’t realize that snoring can actually be a warning sign of a serious disorder. A New Smile Dental Group explains how to recognize the warning signs of a sleep disorder and recommends tips to help you stop snoring.
A Warning Sign
We snore because soft tissue in the mouth and throat can partially obstruct airflow. When air is forced through when you breath, this vibrates the tissues, causing the sound we associate with snoring. When the airflow becomes completely blocked you can develop obstructive sleep apnea. This disorder causes you to stop breathing for breath intervals, which means you are woken up several times a night to start breathing. This sleep disorder can potentially lead to depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. As a result, chronic snoring can a warning sign of poor sleep.
If you experience chronic snoring and are diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are treatment options to help you sleep better. A CPAP machine involves wearing a mask over your mouth and nose through which air is forced so you can breathe easily. We also suggest a custom-made oral appliance, which moves the jaw forward to prevent soft tissue from blocking airflow. There are also simple lifestyle changes that can help you sleep better and snore less:
- Sleep on your side, not your back
- Keep your bedroom dark, cool, and free from distractions (such as TVs and computers)
- Lose weight
- Avoid alcohol before bed
About Your Canyon Country Dentists
At A New 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 San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Canyon Country, Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.