Snoring may seem like it’s just a nuisance, but it’s more than that. The partner of a snorer can lose hours of sleep every night, which can be a source of significant tension in couples and even lead to health problems. Some couples resort to separate bedrooms as their only solution, but before you do that, you should consider snoring treatment. And since snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition, it’s important to get your snoring evaluated to make sure that’s all it is.
Dr. Roger Roubal is the foremost dental expert on snoring and sleep apnea treatment in the Omaha, Nebraska area. To talk to him in person about your snoring and treatment options, please call (402) 493-4175 or click here to schedule an appointment.
What Causes Snoring
When you’re awake, your airway is held open by gravity and by your muscles. This allows air to flow easily and soundlessly through. When you go to bed, however, you lie down and gravity tends to pull your airway closed. As your muscles relax, your airway will narrow. Air flow becomes restricted and turbulent, creating vibrations that you hear as sound.
If your airway actually closes completely, you will suffer a loss of air. This is sleep apnea.
Factors that Influence Snoring
Snoring is influenced by many factors, such as:
- Sleeping position
- Alcohol consumption
- Airway anatomy
During your appointment, we can talk about these various factors and how you can modify them to improve results of your snoring treatment.
Snoring treatment is very simple. You will be prescribed an oral appliance, similar to an athletic mouthguard, that you will wear while you sleep. This appliance will hold your jaw in an appropriate position for properly supporting the tissues of your airway.
Unlike over-the-counter or mail-order appliances you may have seen advertised on television, these are scientifically tested for their effectiveness in snoring treatment and often very similar to those used for sleep apnea treatment.
If you would like to learn more about snoring treatment and how it can improve your health, happiness, and overall quality of life, please call Dr. Roger Roubal in Omaha at (402) 493-4175 today.