Stop Snoring with Help from Your Dentist

Did you know that if you snore, then you might also have a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes you to stop breathing as you sleep? Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, however, finding a way to stop snoring can significantly increase the quality of sleep for you and your sleeping partner. In minor cases, snoring can be resolved without professional treatment. But if you snore consistently, then you may need custom treatment to stop snoring or address your sleep apnea.

The Cause of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be caused by a number of possibilities, but most often, it is caused by oral tissues partially blocking your airway as you sleep. The restricted airway causes your throat tissues to vibrate as you breathe, resulting in the noise of snoring. In cases of sleep apnea, the obstruction completely blocks the airway and forces your body to wake up and start breathing again.

Tips to Stop Snoring

If you snore occasionally, then condition is likely the cause of temporary factors, like sleeping on your stomach or back. In such cases, you can stop snoring by changing positions, or by exercising regularly to reduce excess fat around the neck. Also, don’t drink alcohol before going to bed. Contrary to popular belief, a nightcap won’t help you rest better even if it does help you fall asleep faster

If your snoring continues, then speak with your dentist about the possibility of sleep apnea during your next appointment. You may be able to find relief with a custom sleep appliance that fits comfortably in your mouth as you sleep. The appliance can keep your airway clear and open by holding your lower jaw in a slightly forward position.