Many people who snore never consider their habit a serious problem, despite the fact it can impact their quality of sleep. However, if you did want to address your snoring problem, would you know where to start? In many cases, chronic snoring is the result of an abnormality in the mouth or throat tissues, which causes them to partially obstruct your airway while you sleep. At our Virginia Beach, VA, dental office, we may be able to help you stop snoring by using a custom-designed oral appliance to prevent this obstruction.
Why snoring is often an oral health problem
Not every case of snoring is caused by oral tissues, but when you snore frequently, it’s a good chance that the cause is chronic airway obstruction. This obstruction is largely related to the overall size, shape, and function of your oral tissues, which your dentist understands better than most. With that knowledge, your dentist can help you address your chronic snoring habit by helping you avoid the underlying cause of it.
What it could mean beyond just snoring
In addition to the obtrusive noise that snoring causes and the difficulty it can cause when it comes to breathing at night, snoring can sometimes be a symptom of a much more serious problem. For instance, many patients who snore excessively loud every night do so because they suffer from obstructive sleep apnea – a sleep breathing disorder that involves the complete obstruction of your airway. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing completely while you sleep, repeatedly forcing your body out of its slumber to clear your airway. The interruptions are constant, and the condition is often marked by increasingly loud snoring patterns.
How your dentist can help you stop snoring
Whether your snoring habit is just a snoring habit, or it’s a sign of a more serious sleep breathing disorder, it’s a good idea to seek treatment for it as soon as possible. Improving your breathing and sleep patterns can have a significant benefit on your overall wellbeing and quality of life, and in many cases, it can be accomplished simply with a custom-designed oral appliance. The appliance can be made to support your lower jaw in a way that stops your oral tissues from collapsing into your airway while you sleep. Without this obstruction, you can breathe and sleep peacefully throughout the night.
Talk to your dentist about how to stop snoring
If you have a snoring habit, then talk to your dentist about how a custom-designed oral appliance may help you sleep better. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Absolute Dental Care office in Virginia Beach, VA, today at (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients from Virginia Beach and all surrounding communities.