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.