Snoring isn’t just an annoyance. It may indicate sleep apnea, a serious condition that can have major health consequences. But there is hope: a simple oral appliance from Chesterfield Smile Design can provide relief.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is caused by an an airway obstruction in the throat or nasal cavity. The obstruction can be caused by:
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely.
- Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor.
- Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children.
- Long uvula or soft palate
- Nasal congestion
- Deviated septum
If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also impacted. Failure to get enough restorative slumber contributes to a host of physical and mental conditions.
Most of us have experienced difficulty concentrating when we haven’t gotten enough sleep. Did you know that can limit a person’s motor function and reaction time as seriously as intoxication?
Other possible health problems related to insufficient sleep include heart disease, obesity, depression, and diabetes.
So why is a message about snoring and sleep apnea in a dental blog? We can treat either of these potentially harmful conditions.
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