Though snoring is common, it can also cause sleep deprivation and lead to a long list of negative symptoms. Don't write it off as a minor issue. If you have heard yourself snore or your bedmate complains about your loud snoring, it may be time to consider snoring therapy. At our Corpus Christi, TX, practice, Drs. Charles Robertson and Nicholas Perry Orchard can diagnose the root cause of your snoring and recommend treatment. To schedule a snoring therapy consultation, contact our dental office today.
The Sound of Snoring
The growly, rough sound of snores come from tissues vibrating in the mouth and throat. When we sleep, our facial muscles relax. As a result, the lower jaw (mandible) can slide backward, toward the neck. This position impedes airflow through the throat. As the body gasps to inhale and exhale air through a narrowed pathway, loose soft tissues vibrate to create snores. If you are troubled by loud snoring, we encourage you to explore your treatment options.
Effects of Snoring
Loud snoring itself can disrupt sleep, but it can also be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when a person stops breathing altogether multiple times while sleeping. Symptoms caused by OSA can often be improved with snoring therapy:
- Feeling tired during the day, even after a long night’s sleep
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Falling asleep at times of low activity, at work, or during a movie
- Falling asleep while driving
- Waking with a sore throat
- Waking with a headache
- Abruptly waking from sleep, choking and gasping
- Low energy
- Inability to focus attention
- Acid Reflux
In addition to the physical ailments that can be brought on by snoring, some believe that snoring can be detrimental to a happy relationship. The snorer can wake his or her partner multiple times each hour. So, while the snorer may suffer with daytime symptoms, the spouse may also experience chronic fatigue.
How Snoring Therapy Works
Health risks, relational risks, and interference with daytime performance at work all add up to a real need to reduce or stop snoring. When you visit our office, we will discuss your sleep habits, symptoms, and concerns. Feel free to bring your sleep mate along for the consultation. If Dr. Orchard or Dr. Robertson believe that snoring is negatively affecting your life, you may be referred to a sleep center for an assessment. The results of the sleep test will determine whether you simply snore or suffer from the more adverse condition, OSA.
Whether you snore or have OSA, we can create a customized oral appliance to help you stop snoring. Worn while you sleep, the plastic device keeps the lower jaw from retracting and can also retain the tongue, so that it does not block your airway while you rest. Sleep appliances have a great success rate and are simple to use.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment and Learn More
Don’t let snoring negatively impact your life. Instead, reach out to our practice to learn more about snoring therapy, sleep tests, and treatment. Contact our dental office now to reserve your consultation, and you will be on your way to restful nights and productive days.