How Your Dentist Can Help You Stop Snoring To Improve Your Quality Of Life
Snoring is caused by a narrowing of your airway. And when there is a partial obstruction to the free flow of air through your mouth and nose, this causes a decrease of air flow to the lungs and a lack of oxygen to the brain. A narrow airway hinders smooth breathing, and this in turn creates the sound of snoring, which can be disruptive to you and those nearby.
If you suffer from snoring you’re not alone. In fact, almost half of the population is affected by snoring to some degree. When it becomes an every night occurrence, however, it can have detrimental effects on an individual’s health and relationships. Fortunately, treatments are available, including dental appliances from your Baltimore dentist that help open up your airway for unobstructed breathing, allowing you and those around you to achieve a better night’s rest.
Negative Effects of Snoring
Unfortunately, snoring and sleep go hand-in-hand which can have a negative effect on your health, your personal relationships and your overall quality of life. If you snore, you may wake frequently from the snoring or the constant tossing and turning; and this can make sleeping difficult for your spouse or partner as well. The ongoing sleep disruption and excessive tiredness resulting from snoring can strain even the most dedicated relationship leading to resentment, eventually sleeping in separate rooms, and in some cases, divorce.
Severe cases of snoring can cause serious, long-term health problems as well, including potentially life-threatening obstructive sleep apnea which has been linked to heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke. A person with sleep apnea will wake up several times throughout a night in order to regain their breathing that is continuously being disrupted. Additionally, irritability, sleepiness, and lack of productivity during the day are other serious consequences of excessive sleep deprivation.
Putting and End to Your Restless Nights with a Dental Snoring Appliance
If snoring is disrupting your health, relationships and day-to-day activities, visit your dentist in Baltimore for custom fabricated, removable dental appliances that help put an end to your snoring and allow you to enjoy a quiet night’s sleep. These appliances are designed to maintain an unobstructed airway in the mouth and throat so that the patient can breathe normally while sleeping and ultimately end snoring. Snoring appliances are 85% effective and require no surgery, but for the most complex and severe cases, surgery can be a viable option.
Snoring management may also include self-help remedies, including:
- Sleeping on your side
- Losing weight
- Limiting alcohol and medications before bed
- Elevating your head during sleep
Eliminating your snoring will result in a better night’s sleep for both you and those around you, improve your health and ultimately boost your overall quality of life.
Want to learn how to deal with your snoring from K.Michael Murphy and Associates?
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