Some estimates say up to 50% of people on the United States snore. While occasionally snoring isn’t a big deal, chronic snoring could be a sign of a more serious issue. In today’s blog, your Allen periodontist, Dr. Marco Cueva, explains the causes of snoring and discusses the link between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
What Causes Chronic Snoring?
Why do we snore? Often, the soft tissue near the back of the throat partially blocks airflow. When air is forced through, the tissues vibrate, causing the obnoxious sounds we associate with snoring. Chronic snoring may also be a sign of OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea. This sleep disorder occurs when the airflow eventually becomes completely blocked. The brain is soon deprived of oxygen and wakes the patient up to start breathing. With sleep apnea, patients become exhausted, irritable, and may wake up gasping for air or choking.
Treating Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Without treatment, sleep apnea may lead to a number of serious medical complications, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. In order to open airways, stop snoring, and prevent obstruction, your Allen TX periodontist may recommend an oral splint. Similar to a night guard, this oral appliance removes the jaw forward, keeping airways free of blockage. This allows easier breathing, reducing snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. In rare cases, a patient may be prescribed a CPAP machine. A mask is worn over the face that forces a steady flow of air through the nose and mouth. Patients breathe without difficulty, decreasing sleep apnea symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Allen TX Periodontist
Do you snore or exhibit other common signs of sleep apnea? Then talk to your Allen TX periodontist today. Dr. Cueva will diagnose your sleep disorder and prescribe the most appropriate treatment to help you stop snoring. At Periodontic Excellence, we offer the latest in treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cueva by calling our 75013 dentist office at (972) 390-9944 today. We proudly welcome patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.