Do people in your house complain about the noise when you’re sleeping? Do people flee the room (or even the house) because of your snoring? It is more than just a nuisance, it’s a potentially serious health hazard. It could be a sign of sleep apnea, and even if it’s just snoring, it could be putting your health at risk, including the risk of serious cardiovascular disease. But you and your family doesn’t have to live with it: there’s a successful snoring treatment available right here in Anchorage.
If you’re tired of the snoring and the fighting about it, let us help you find a solution. Please call today for an appointment with an Anchorage sleep dentist at Denali Dental Care.
Dangers of Snoring
People often dismiss snoring as a nuisance. While it is certainly a nuisance, it can have many serious complications, including:
- Lost sleep
- Sleep apnea
- Poor quality sleep
- Cardiovascular disease
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Domestic violence
When there’s a snorer in the house, everyone loses sleep. People that share the bedroom with the snorer, and even those who are in other rooms can lose sleep. And even though it may look like the snorer is sleeping peacefully, they’re losing sleep, too. Many people who snore have sleep apnea. This means that they stop breathing potentially hundreds of times a night and have to wake up slightly to start breathing again. They may not be aware that they’re waking up, but they are losing a lot of sleep and not reaching the deeper, restorative stages of sleep. Even without sleep apnea, snoring is a sign that your breathing is obstructed and you’re not really getting restful sleep.
The vibrations of snoring can damage the arteries in your neck and chest. This creates tiny injuries that cause scarring of the arteries that become the starting point of atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries. This in turn can contribute to your risk of stroke or heart attack.
People who snore are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel and have more accidents.
And we can’t neglect the conflicts that arise around snoring. When it disrupts people’s sleep, they are less empathetic and more confrontational.This can start as arguments, but, if left unchecked, can lead to violence in the house.
What Causes Snoring
Snoring is caused by airways that are too narrow to accommodate the deep breaths you take while sleeping. This can happen anywhere along the airway, from your nostrils to your throat. For loud snoring, the culprit is usually the soft tissues of the tongue and throat, which relax and get pulled backward when we sleep. That’s why this is often associated with sleep apnea–these tissues can close the throat, stopping breathing.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Snoring
If you are a snorer, we want to figure out what exactly is the cause and whether you have sleep apnea. We do this with a home sleep test. This monitors your sleep habits, and it will determine whether you have simple snoring, sleep apnea, sleep bruxism, or a combination of conditions.
Once we’ve determines the nature and extent of the problem, we can treat it with the noninvasive EMA oral appliance. This appliance moves your lower jaw forward, which helps support the tissue of your tongue and throat and keep your airway open.
You (and everyone in your house) can get relief from snoring with this safe, noninvasive, removable appliance.
To schedule a consultation with an Anchorage sleep dentist at Denali Dental Care, please call today.