When you snore, this could mean you have difficulty breathing at night and for some, could indicate the presence of untreated sleep apnea. You could also be driving your significant other crazy! Fortunately, your Baxter, MN, dentist offers sleep medicine, which means we have what it takes to treat issues like snoring and sleep apnea, so you rest easier at night.
The Possible Dangers of Chronic Snoring
A number of factors could cause us to snore, and we all do so occasionally. But if you have loud and persistent snoring each night, this could mean trouble for your overall health. We snore when soft tissues partially block airflow as we sleep. Air is forced through, and vibrates these tissues to create a loud sound. With sleep apnea, the airways become completely blocked, so we stop breathing until the brain wakes us, interrupting our rest multiple times a night, even if we don’t remember this happening. Over time, these interruptions could place major strain on our quality of life, as well as our immune and cardiovascular systems.
Changing Your Daily Sleep Routine
To help control your snoring each night, try to make a few positive changes to your sleep habits. For example, be sure you rest on your side instead of your back, and in the two hours before bed, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, large meals, caffeinated products, or vigorous exercise. We also suggest making sure your bedroom is the perfect resting environment, keeping it dark and cool, preferably, free of screens (TV, computer, and smartphone). Make sure you also maintain a good schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same times each day.
Treatment with a Custom Oral Appliance
If the steps above fail to address your snoring, then you may need an oral appliance. We often use this comfortable and mouthguard like device to treat sleep apnea. Created based on detailed images and impressions taken of your smile, the appliance is worn at night and helps portion the jaw to keep airways open so we breathe without interruption, helping you, and your significant other, enjoy a better night’s rest. If you have any questions about treating oral health issues, or obtaining a better rest, then please contact our team today to learn more about our approach to sleep medicine.
Greenhaven Family Dental Offers Solutions for Snoring
Greenhaven Family Dental understands how better sleep means better days, so we offer solutions for issues like sleep apnea. We want to help you enjoy not only improved oral health, but improved overall quality of life too. To learn more about how we help people sleep easier and avoid issues like nightly snores, then you can contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.