Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders Provides Solutions for Snoring Using Oral Appliance Therapy
Do You Have a Snoring Problem? We Provide the Snoring Relief You and Your Bed Partner Need. Our Dedicated Dental Staff and Doctors Provide Treatments for Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and TMJ Disorders. Please Give Us a Call or Request an Appointment Online.
For many of us, snoring goes unnoticed. Perhaps someone told you, you were snoring and it was something quite unbelievable. “Me! I snore? No. It can’t be.” For those of us who snore, this is a common reaction. We have to see it to believe it, or in our case, hear it. Unfortunately, this is not something you will be able to witness first hand. Our beloved spouses, significant others, mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, and friends are our trusted eyewitnesses. Although just about everyone snores occasionally, and it’s usually not something to worry about, if this becomes a regular problem that is affecting your health, it may be time to seek treatment. Your quality of sleep and your quality of life go hand-in-hand. If you are not getting the sufficient amount of quality sleep due to snoring, the side effects begin to take a toll on your everyday life. Suffering from fatigue, lack of concentration, irritability, and increased health risks that can lead to other challenges down the road. Not only is the lack of sleep affecting you physically and psychologically, if your snoring is keeping your partner awake at night, it can begin to create major relationship problems as well. Thankfully, separate bedrooms are not the only option anymore. Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders offers comfortable alternatives and effective solutions with Oral Appliance Therapy to help both you and your partner sleep better at night.
First, let’s get to the bottom of snoring. Why does it happen?
Snoring is caused when you cannot move air freely through your nose and your throat. When this happens, the tissues in your nose and throat begin to vibrate, which produces the familiar sound of snoring. The position of your tongue can also create blockage that gets in the way of smooth breathing. Now these are only a few examples, as there are many reasons why people snore and what defines the severity of the problem. Since people snore for different reasons, it’s important to understand what might be the cause of your snoring. Once you understand the reason why you snore, it is easier to find the right solutions to a quieter, deeper sleep—for both you and your partner.
Common Causes of Snoring:
Age: As we reach our middle age, our throat begins to narrow. And yes, the muscle tone in our throat begins to weaken as well as the rest of the muscles in our body. While we can’t stop the natural process of aging, simple lifestyle changes, exercises, and new bedtime routines can all help prevent snoring.
Weight: Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone are some of the biggest culprits of snoring. Even if you are not overweight, being out of shape can play a hand in noisy snoring.
Alcohol, Smoking, Medications: Alcohol intake, smoking, and certain medications like tranquilizers and muscle relaxers can also lead to snoring.
Sleep Posture: Sleeping on your back can cause your tongue to relax and block the airway. Changing the position of how you sleep can help as well.
Ruling Out More Serious Causes:
Snoring can also be an indication of a much more serious sleep disorder, sleep apnea. When your breathing is interrupted several times throughout the night, this can cause a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream. If snoring is interfering with your quality of sleep and you are suffering from extreme fatigue and sleepiness during the day, it could be a symptom of sleep apnea or another sleep-related disorder. If you or your partner has noticed any of the following red flags, call Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders to seek treatment for your snoring.
- Snoring extremely loudly and heavily, and are experiencing noticeable fatigue during the day
- Gasping or choking for air during sleep
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times
Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders has multiple locations across the U.S. Click here to find your nearest sleep clinic. We can help you stop snoring with a comfortable Oral Appliance.