Snoring is common enough that most people don’t consider it a problem, even if they experience it every night. When it’s minor, snoring might be easy to stop by switching sleeping positions or wearing over-the-counter (OTC) nasal strips. However, in some cases, snoring is more serious and treating it could require professional help. At our Southlake, TX, dentist’s office, we may be able to help you stop snoring and, if necessary, address its underlying sleep disorder with the help of a custom-designed sleep appliance.
Help you understand your snoring
Snoring is often the result of a partial obstruction in your airway. The point of OTC nasal strips and similar products are to help keep the airway open while you sleep to prevent snoring. However, chronic snoring may be caused by a more serious obstruction that can’t be addressed with an OTC solution. After a thorough examination and consultation, your dentist can determine if your snoring is caused by oral or throat tissues collapsing into your airway, which may be alleviated with a custom appliance.
Find out if it could mean sleep apnea
While chronic snoring is caused by a partial airway obstruction, some patients may experience a complete obstruction of the airway as the sleep. Known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this condition causes you to repeatedly stop breathing in addition to snoring loudly while you sleep. To help determine if you have sleep apnea, we may recommend undergoing a sleep study under the supervision of trusted specialists. If you’re diagnosed with the sleep disorder, then a custom appliance may help you prevent airway obstruction each night and sleep more peacefully.
Help you treat it comfortably
To treat sleep apnea, patients are often prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and mask. The apparatus provides aa steady, gentle stream of air that promotes an open and clear airway while you breathe. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed a CPAP machine, then speak with us about treating your condition more comfortably with a sleep appliance. Similar to a mouthguard, the appliance can support your jaw while you sleep in a way that prevents oral and throat tissues from clogging your airway.
Stop snoring with help from your dentist
Snoring consistently could be a more serious problem than you realize, and your dentist may be able to help you address it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities.