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Occasional snoring is usually not serious and is mostly a nuisance. However, habitual snoring not only disturbs the sleep patterns of those close to you but also compromises your sleep quality.
Medical assistance may be needed for habitual snorers to sleep well at night.
Causes of Snoring
Airflow can be blocked by a combination of reasons, including:
Obstructed nasal airways
Some people snore only during allergy seasons or when they have a sinus infection symptoms. Deformities of the nose like a deviated septum or nasal polyps can also cause nasal airway obstruction.
Poor muscle condition in the throat and tongue
Throat and tongue muscles can be too relaxed, which lets them collapse and fall back to the airway. This can result from deep sleep, alcohol consumption, or the use of sleeping pills. Aging causes further relaxation of these muscles.
Bulky throat tissues
Being overweight can cause bulky throat tissues. Also, children with large tonsils and adenoids frequently snore.
Long soft palate and/or uvula
A long soft palate can contract the opening from the nose to the throat. When these vibrate and bump against each other, the airway becomes obstructed, causing snoring.
Health Risks Associated with Snoring
Sleep apnoea creates several problems, including:
Interruptions of breathing while sleeping caused by a partial or total obstruction or blockage of the airway
Frequent waking from sleep, although you may not realise it
Light sleeping. Waking up several times a night interferes with the normal sleep pattern, causing more time to be spent in light sleep than in deeper sleep.
Strain on the heart. Prolonged suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea often results in higher blood pressure and may cause heart enlargement, with higher risks of heart attack and stroke.
Poor sleep at night. This leads to drowsiness during daytime, can interfere with your quality of life, and can increase the risk of car accidents.
Snoring Treatment at Dentists on Vincent
Oral appliances. Oral appliances are form-fitting mouthpieces that help advance the position of your jaw, tongue, and soft palate to keep your airways open.
If you decide to use an oral appliance, you’ll work with your dental specialist to optimise the fit and position of the appliance. You’ll also work with your Leederville dentist to make sure the oral appliance is working as intended.
Dental visits may be required at least once every six months during the first year, and then at least once a year afterwards, to have the fit checked and to evaluate your oral health condition.
Excessive saliva production, dry mouth, teeth movement and jaw and facial pain, are possible side effects from wearing these devices.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This treatment involves wearing a mask over your nose or mouth while you are asleep. The mask directs pressurised air from a small bedside pump to your airway keeping it open while you sleep.
CPAP eliminates snoring and is most often used to treating snoring when associated with OSA.
Although CPAP is the most trusted and effective method of treating OSA, some people find it disturbing or have trouble adjusting to the noise or feel of the machine.
Surgical procedures like Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP), tonsillectomy (tonsil removal surgery), and adenoidectomy, increase the size of your airway by surgically removing tissues or correcting deformities.
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