What Causes a Person to Snore While Sleeping?
Have you ever been unable to fall asleep? I have. Have you stayed up all night tossing and turning even though you are tired? I have! Have you ever stayed up all night or have had to wake up multiple times during the night due to your partner or kid snoring! (I have been there too and I believe that this is the worst of all the reasons I mentions above)
Let me start out by saying that snoring is not normal. People snore because there is something either in the nose or throat preventing free flowing of air during breathing. This pressure of air makes the soft tissue in the back of the throat vibrate creating the noise.
Numerous reasons contribute to snoring,
1. Overweight or obesity contribute to snoring. The extra tissue around the throat makes the airway smaller causing the person to snore.
2. Tonsils and adenoids obstruct the throat causing kids to snore. If your child is tossing and turning during the night, waking up frequently and has dark circles under the eye, have their tonsils and adenoids evaluated.
If the child is bed wetting even after 7 years of age, or they are on the ADHD spectrum, have the ENT evaluate the tonsils and adenoids. Sometimes, it may be the lack of sleep due to airway obstruction. The airway obstruction leads to lack of enough oxygen supply to the brain and body which causes the child not to be refreshed in the morning. The repetition of this cycle takes a toll on health.
If your child gags a lot during the dental appointment, this may be because they are unable to breathe through the nose due to airway obstruction causing them to choke.
3. Congestion, cough, cold and flu affect the same way by obstructing the nasal passage causing a person to snore.
4. Nasal polys, deviated nasal septum are also contributing factors.
5. Alcohol and other relaxing drugs cause the tongue to relax and fall to back of the throat aggravating the snoring in an individual.
Why Is Snoring Bad for Your Health?
As we established already that snoring is caused due to some type of partial airway obstruction. We all know that our body regenerates itself during the sleep with the oxygen that it gets. If you are not able to get enough oxygen due to snoring which may be contributed by any of the above reasons, you are not doing yourself a favor. You are leading a poor quality of life and you know what, your partner is not happy either.
Did you know that snoring causes more damage to your more than smoking, obesity and high cholesterol combined?
Sometimes, snoring is associated with sleep apnea. Sometimes it may be due to a condition called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome.
How Can I Help As A Dentist?
If you are reading this, either you or someone you know either snore or are diagnosed with sleep apnea. I have heard it from many of my patients that they had the sleep test done and did not have sleep apnea but still snore a lot. I have had spouses of my patients’ mention that they would like me to help address their partners snoring situation so that they can share the bedroom again.
CPAP is the gold standard if you have sleep apnea. However, if you are unable to tolerate CPAP or do not have sleep apnea, Oral appliance may help you.
As dentist, I can make an oral appliance that moves your jaw forward and hold it in that position opening up the airway. This will help you breathe better. At Carrollton Smiles, we work in conjunction with ENT, Sleep MDs and your Physician to see if this is a suitable solution for your snoring problem.
Dr. Bhandaru makes an impression of your teeth and uses a gauge to estimate the ideal amount of opening required to alleviate the problem. Them a custom oral appliance also known as a mouth piece will be manufactured for you.
The difference between over the counter and the mouth piece made by Dr.Bhandaru is that the latter is specifically made for you. It is not “one size fits all” appliance. The custom appliances are less bulky and fit better making them more acceptable to you.
Also, it is very important to the right amount of separation for the jaw to make the appliance effective. Too much separation or forward movement will cause TMJ you get overly stretched and may cause permanent damage to the joint. Dr.Bhandaru will also provide you with a de-programmer to prevent shifting of the teeth and stretching of the TMJ.
If you are interested to knowing how we can help you, call us at 972-245-3455.
Or visit us at www.carrollton-smiles.com