Most of us snore from time to time when we have a heavy cold or a blocked nose but for others it can be a long term condition which causes rifts between couples where one is kept awake during the night by loud snoring. Often the cause for bad jokes, snoring really is no laughing manner and habitual snoring can be an indication of a more dangerous condition known as sleep apnea. This disorder has been linked to conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, and weight gain. It’s important to distinguish between snoring and sleep apnea so it’s a good idea to have a word with your doctor, particularly if you wake up gasping or choking, have a sore throat, feel particularly sleepy during the day, or experience chest pain at night. The good news is that most Southampton dentists can also help with snoring, so for the sake of your health and your relationships, please come and see us as soon as you can!
The causes of snoring
Snoring is the harsh sound that is made when your breathing is in some way restricted when you’re asleep. It takes place when air flows past the relaxed muscles in your throat and causes the soft tissues to vibrate as you breathe, which results in those annoying noises that keep your partner awake.
How we can help
We can fit you with a special device to wear overnight which keeps the airway open, reducing the chance of your snoring, by pulling the bottom jaw and tongue forwards. Most of our patients have found this appliance to be very effective and while costing just a few hundred pounds, most of them regard it as money well spent. All is requires is a couple of impressions in order for a custom device to be fabricated.
Non medical ways to alleviate snoring
Besides wearing an appliance there are a few other ways we suggest which can help some people who snore. These include:
Changing your sleeping position– Many people who sleep on their backs find themselves snoring so it may be an idea to lay on your side. It’s also helpful to avoid heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol particularly within a couple of hours of bedtime.
Lose weight – Just by losing as little as 10 pounds, you ‘ll feel more healthy and your snoring may well disappear.
Steer clear of sedatives – These can relax your throat muscles which in turn increases the chance of your airway being restricted, leading to snoring.
Here at Smilemakers we’re an orthodontic and cosmetic dentist in Southampton and have been helping our patients with all types of teeth and related problems for many years. Why not give Dr Thomas Darling and the team a call on 02380 442626 and see how we can help you. Alternatively check out our website at www.smilemakers.co.uk where you’ll find plenty of information on all the treatments that we offer.