It is estimated that 40 to 60 percent of adults snore regularly. While snoring may be a nuisance, waking your family, roommates, or even yourself, it may also be an indication of serious health problems. While snoring may occur when congested, in a deep sleep, or because of lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking alcohol, chronic snoring may be due to sleep apnea.
If you suffer from chronic snoring and worry it might be indicative of a more serious health problem, Oklahoma City dentist Dr. Terry Bass can help. Call 405-848-7780 to schedule a consultation.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is the result of vibrating tissue in our mouth, throat, or nose that is the result of restricted airflow. A main cause of snoring is the result of relaxing the muscles at the back of the throat, which can lead to an obstruction of air into the lungs. Many people who have serious snoring issues may wake up many times during the night, as well as suffer mild oxygen deprivation. This contributes to several medical conditions over time if not treated.
Interrupted sleep can lead to serious sleep deprivation over time. This can cause:
- Poor job productivity
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the result of the tissue in the back of your mouth and throat relaxing while you sleep. This can cause you to snore or it can cause you to stop breathing . As your breathing becomes labored, you snore – often loudly.
Snoring and sleep apnea treatment includes the CPAP device or oral appliances worn like a mouth guard while you sleep. CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, has a mask you wear with a tube attached to a machine. The machine forces oxygen through the tube and into your lungs. Oral appliances keep your tongue and jaw from moving and blocking your airway. Both CPAP and oral appliances can keep you from snoring at night.
If you snore and would like to find out more about treatment, please contact Oklahoma City area dentist Dr. Terry Bass online or call 405-848-7780 for an initial consultation today.