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We all know a snorer. Some of us unfortunately have to sleep next to one! While snoring may be a common problem and a mild nuisance at best, pervasive snoring may also be a sign for a more serious, underlying health condition.
The primary cause for snoring is blocked airways in the nose and mouth. Snoring is also more common in overweight individuals, men, and people with certain allergies, excessive throat tissue, colds or large tonsils. Because the causes for snoring are varied, a dentist may prescribe different treatments for each patient. For example, treatments like a lifestyle change or a change in diet may be prescribed for overweight individuals. At Adult & Pediatric Care, we assess a patient’s needs in order to provide the most effective solution for their specific case.
Excessive and pervasive snoring may also be a sign of sleep apnea. A person suffering from sleep apnea stops breathing at several points during the night while they are asleep. Although the primary cause for sleep apnea remains unknown, such disruptions occur when the brain fails to send the signals that are need for continuous regulation of respiration.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition because it may result in the failure of oxygen traveling to the brain. This in turn increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart failure and stroke.
The main goal for sleep apnea treatments is to bring about a permanent lifestyle change for the patient. In certain cases, the dentist may provide dental devices and occlusal splints that can keep all airways to the lungs open. In more severe forms of sleep apnea, a mask that sends continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) through a patient’s airways may be prescribed. The airflow is consistent, and is provided by a machine attached to the mask.
We believe that every patient, including their family members and loved one, deserves a good night’s rest. If you suffer from a lack of sleep due to excessive snoring, or are suffering from sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to book an appointment and seek help.