Are You Aware of Your Nighttime Nuisance?
As you drift off into a deep sleep, are you often told that you snore loudly? Snoring is an extremely common nuisance that affects nearly 90 million Americans today.
Although snoring may be a simple bother to your sleep partner or it might just startle you in the middle of the night, it actually can be a sign of sleep apnea. However, it’s important to know that not all snorers have sleep apnea.
Becoming aware of sleep apnea and learning about the symptoms to look out for such as excessive daytime drowsiness can help guide you toward finding the right solution.
Discover Treatment for Snoring
At Elevate Dental Wellness, we offer a variety of remedies to help you attain a good night’s sleep while eliminating the loud disturbance that affects your health and your partner’s well-being.
We can provide our patients with a custom-made snore guard that is made to relieve your snoring. This oral appliance is worn at night and fits precisely to your teeth, offering comfortable, instant relief.
Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach may suggest a number of holistic approaches and lifestyle changes to help alleviate your snoring such as:
- Changing your sleep position
- Losing weight and following a well-balanced diet
- Avoiding alcohol and sleep sedatives
- Clearing out your nasal passages with aromatherapy or nasal strips
- Staying hydrated daily
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by a blockage in the nasal or throat that prevents airflow from passing through and makes it hard for a person to breathe properly. A weak muscle can cause the tongue or throat tissues to relax which narrows the airway and reduces oxygen levels.
If you snore and are worried about having sleep apnea, our Basalt team can help you find a solution to your breathing problem. Schedule a consultation with us to get started.
Is snoring normal?
Snoring is a very common condition that affects millions of people nightly. Occasional snoring isn’t serious, but if your snoring occurs habitually it will likely disrupt sleep patterns and affect the quality of sleep.
Understanding your snoring and discovering any additional symptoms you may be experiencing can help you receive the right care. Starting off with a sleep study will guide you towards effective treatment.
Could snoring be a symptom of a greater sleep issue?
Occasional snoring is likely not a sign of underlying problems, but if you’re a loud, frequent snorer, it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. This sleep disorder occurs when there are intermittent pauses of breathing while sleeping.
Our Basalt dental office can provide patients with treatments to help reduce snoring and alleviate sleep apnea.
What are the risks of untreated snoring?
If you leave snoring untreated, it can cause strain on the heart, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke. Snoring has also been associated with lower oxygen levels in the blood, which can lead to pulmonary hypertension.
Ignoring this common nuisance should never be done, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms of a sleep disorder. The right care can improve your relationships and even help save your life.
Is Your Snoring a Sign of Sleep Apnea?
If your loud snoring is accompanied by fatigue, memory loss, frequent nighttime urination, and more, we recommend that you seek a sleep study. Participating in a sleep study will determine if you suffer from sleep apnea and it can also allow you to find proper relief for your snoring.
Whether it’s sleep apnea or snoring, our team at Elevate Dental Wellness in Basalt, CO can help mitigate your symptoms. Call our office today at (970) 279-5647 if you have any questions about your sleep disruptions.