While snoring is thought to be a normal part of an adult’s life, it can also be a sign of health risks. Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea that will cause a variety of health issues for the individual while also keeping other people in the house awake at night. While some might joke about snoring, excessive snoring can lead to serious breathing problems along the way.
Is snoring just harmless?
It may seem that snoring is quite harmless as simply something that people in the household have to deal with. The reality is that snoring can cause a person to feel drowsy and have trouble focusing during the day. Thus, an individual may have difficulty staying awake while working or driving. Even worse, snoring that results from sleep apnea can include brief periods of time in which the individual experiences a cessation of breathing.
What are the physical manifestations of sleep apnea?
People who suffer from sleep apnea and need a snoring treatment may find that they have a "dragged-out feeling" during the day and may be extremely tired or sleepy. If the patient has sleep apnea, which is when their breathing actually stops because the tongue gets momentarily stuck in the throat, this interrupts the sleep pattern due to a lack of oxygen. Most patients with sleep apnea never even notice it at first but will notice that they have a lot of sleepiness during the day.
There are risks associated with sleep apnea, such as the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Many patients with sleep apnea never actually notice the condition. In most cases, the spouse may be able to detect sleep apnea by noticing periods of silence which are followed by loud snorting as the breathing resumes. It is important that an individual diagnosis and identifies the condition as soon as possible.
Remedies and snoring treatment
There are any number of drugstore remedies which are available to help with snoring. These remedies include pills that reduce throat swelling, lubricants to oil the throat tissues and even nasal expanders which are used to open the airways.
For people who want a more serious approach, there are throat surgeries that help occasionally reduce snoring. Tonsillectomies or surgery can also help people to advance the jaw. A surgery on the soft palate can also help to keep the throat open during sleeping hours.
Orthodontic providers have a unique way of providing treatment and for helping with other sleep-disordered breathing. With the help of an oral device that holds the jaw forward, in a comfortable yet effective manner, we have tremendous success in reducing sleep apnea. This treatment provides people with the help they need to live a long, sleep-filled life.
Get a comprehensive examination
We always recommend that patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, have undiagnosed sleep apnea that has been caught by a significant other, or people who feel that they may have sleep apnea due to the levels of fatigue they are experiencing during the day, come into our office and get a thorough examination. This is the first, and most important, step in getting started on the road to snoring treatment. Call our office today to schedule yours.
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