When you snore, you’re not the only one that has difficulty sleeping. The loud noises could also keep your significant other from resting. Fortunately, we can help you stop snoring. We can see if your issue is linked to sleep apnea and recommend either treatment, changes to your sleeping habits, or a combination of the two.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring can happen when airflow as you breathe is partially blocked. When you force air through by breathing, the soft tissues blocking the path vibrate and create the sound we all love to hate. In some cases, this is linked to a serious disorder: obstructive sleep apnea. Patients with chronic snoring may also have airflow completely blocked by collapsed soft tissues, causing them to stop breathing until the brain wakes them. They won’t remember these episodes and they can happen hundreds of times over night. These are known as apneic episodes.
Oral Appliances and CPAP Machines
To help patients stop snoring, and to help address sleep apnea, we may recommend an oral appliance. Worn as you sleep, the device helps move the jaw forward, keeping airways open and preventing the collapse of soft tissue. We may also suggest a CPAP machine, which involves wearing a mask over the nose and mouth connected via a hose to a machine that pumps air. The patient then breathes without interruption as air is pumped through the nose and mouth.
Changes to Your Sleep Habits
You can also address your frequent snore problems by sleeping on your side instead of your back, avoiding alcohol or caffeine before bed, and maintaining a regular sleep schedule. You should also avoid vigorous exercise or large meals in the two hours before bed. A few simple changes to your nightly routine can often have major positive impacts on your ability to sleep. If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact our office today.
Do You Need Help with Snoring?
Dr. Lawson and our team are ready to help you, and your significant other, sleep better. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.