Please Stop Snoring

Snoring is more than just a nuisance

Almost everyone snores at times. But do you or your partner have a problem with snoring every night? Snoring can affect not only the quality of your own sleep but also your partner’s. Fatigue in the daytime and a lowered immune system can also be the result of snoring. There are many effective remedies for snoring out there to help you stop snoring. In fact, if you have a snoring problem, dentistry might be your solution. A Baltimore dentist can help you identify the cause of your snoring and come up with the treatment that works for you.

What’s causing your snoring?

Most people snore for a variety of reasons. A Westminster dentist can help you find out why you snore first and then look into a few snoring treatment options.

Some basic reasons you or your partner might snore:

  • Floppy tissue in the throat that vibrates on the inhale and exhale.
  • A tongue position that sinks back and up toward the top of the mouth causing it to vibrate.
  • A narrowing of the throat and muscle tone cause mostly by age.
  • Enlarged adenoids or other inherited attributes of the throat causing air blockage.
  • Sinus and nasal issues creating a vacuum in the throat.
  • Being overweight creating fatty tissue, which can contribute to snoring.
  • Medications, alcohol and smoking can make the muscles become too relaxed and lead to snoring.
  • Sleep apnea, which is a breathing obstruction that causes the sleeper to actually wake up frequently in the night as well as lots of snoring.

Tips for a quick fix

  • Exercising and losing weight, which can reduce fatty tissue in the throat.
  • Quitting smoking, which can reduce irritation in the nose and throat.
  • Establishing regular sleeping patterns, which can help you sleep better in general.
  • Clearing your sinuses and nasal passages with a neti pot to help you breath more easily at night.
  • Humidifying the air in your bedroom to moisten dry nose and throat membranes.

 Find your long term solution

Because snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous medical condition, it’s important do check in with a Baltimore dentist to help determine why you snore. Once you’re diagnosed, you’ll receive the correct treatment. Learn more about snoring and sleep apnea by taking our on-line sleep disorder questionnaire.  It will steer you towards the right solution so you can stop snoring and start sleeping peacefully again.

About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)

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