Everyone has a dad or grandfather who falls asleep after Sunday dinner … and snores. Loudly. It’s obnoxious and you often wonder how he can even sleep through that. Chances are that he can’t. At least not well. Loud snoring can be a health concern for both the snore-er and his or her bed partner. If you or your spouse suffers from loud snoring, the team at Advanced Dental Associates can help. We offer solutions to help decrease snoring and allow for higher quality sleep for both your and your bed partner.
In this blog, we have answered some commonly asked questions about snoring and sleep apnea. Our San Antonio, TX dental team would be happy to assist you with any additional questions you may have — just give us a call!
Isn’t snoring normal?
Yes and no. If your airway becomes obstructed at all while you sleep, you could experience snoring. This can be caused by a variety of things … anything that gets in your throat can cause problems. Cold or allergy symptoms are often a common cause of snoring. Your airways can even collapse in on themselves. When this happens, it can cause you to actually stop breathing altogether — something known as sleep apnea (see below). So yes, there are healthy, normal reasons to snore — maybe you have a cold — but there are also times when snoring can be considered a problem.
What is sleep apnea?
If your snoring is accompanied by the cessation of breath during sleep, you probably are suffering from something called sleep apnea. This should be the biggest concern for snore-ers. Sleep apnea is a dangerous affliction that can lead to serious total body issues, like heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, and more. It can even lead to death.
If you think you or your bed partner may be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact our office or see your primary health care provider. You will need to undergo a sleep study to complete a diagnosis. After you are diagnosed, we can help you get the treatment you need right here in our office.
What are the dangers of not seeking treatment?
Snoring, if an indicator of sleep apnea, can lead to all of the very serious conditions listed in the section above. However, if you are simply a heavy snore-er and AREN’T exhibiting any other signs of sleep apnea, you probably won’t die from them. However, severe snoring will definitely affect your ability to sleep well. You may even wake yourself up from time to time. Lack of quality sleep due to snoring can lead to a slew of issues similar to those caused by untreated sleep apnea, though probably less severe. Your bed partner may even experience similar health problems if he or she can’t sleep through your snoring.
What kind of treatment does Avant Dental offer?
Fortunately, we probably have a solution for you. If you snore heavily and would like to sleep more peacefully, we can craft you a custom-designed oral appliance. These oral appliances are made just for you and can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. All of them are designed to adjust your jaw — this adjustment will open your airways and allow for quieter, high-quality sleep. If you would like to help yourself or your bed partner get the quality sleep you deserve, this could be the answer.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Scheduling an appointment to get checked out is really easy. Just call us to set something up. We can help you find a date and time that will work well with you personal schedule. Our office is located in San Antonio, TX. We can be reached at 210-819-5233. We would be happy to help.
If your bed partner’s snoring if ruining your ability to get a good night’s sleep, it is time to take action. Don’t let suffer any longer — help him get the care he needs. If you are the one suffering, please know that your snoring could be affecting your partner’s sleep as well as your own. Your friends at Advanced Dental Associates would be delighted to help you find a solution!