Snoring Is More Than an Annoyance

Snoring Is More Than an Annoyance

Have you ever tried to sleep in the same room as someone who snores?

The deep rumbling coming from their mouth is enough to make you retreat to a different room just so you can finally have some peace. You finally drift off to sleep and you don’t think anything of the noise that was keeping you awake.

While you’re sleeping peacefully, your loved one is fighting an internal battle.

What causes snoring?

Snoring happens when something in your airway isn’t working properly. There are a variety of causes, including:

  • Allergies
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Excess nasal tissue
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Small airway space

Some of the factors that cause snoring are correctable, usually with surgery. The others that aren’t easy to correct can be looked at by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist) to determine why you are snoring.

Does snoring have long-term side effects?

The noise you hear when someone is snoring is caused by the vibration of some of the tissues along the airway. As the tissue vibrates, it gets swollen, which worsens the already troubled airway, causing the snoring to get louder over time.

Snoring can be a precursor to or accompanied by sleep apnea, which can cause you to stop breathing while you sleep. If left untreated, it can have serious long-term effects. To see if you have sleep apnea, your doctor will need to refer you to a sleep study, which is covered by OHIP.

The study is conducted in a sleep lab, usually in a hospital. You will be required to sleep in the lab for one night. Most patients dislike it because it’s not familiar, you’re told when you have to go to sleep, and you can still hear the hospital announcements over the loudspeakers.

If the sleep lab test isn’t for you, you can ask your dentist for a home sleep test. This test consists of a device that is fitted for you in the office that is programmed for you to wear for two consecutive nights at home. You can then drop it off at the office and the data is transferred to a technician who reads the data and reports back.

How can I stop snoring?

For too long, snoring has been seen as a joke. But it has the power to ruin your sleep, your marriage, and your health. Dr. Stevens has experience with sleep dentistry and she is here to help you.

By creating the Micro2 Sleep Appliance for Snoring that holds your lower jaw forward to open up the airway, the air can pass more freely, thus reducing the vibrations. While this doesn’t work for everyone, all of the patients who have tried this machine report no snoring or significantly reduced snoring. It can also be used to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea, especially if you don’t want to wear a CPAP machine.

The appliance is durable, made of plastic, and conveniently small. To get fitted with one, you will need to make an appointment that’s about 2.5 to 3 hours long to take records and make measurements with the help of a computer. Within 3-4 weeks, you will have another 15 minute appointment where you will be given the tool. Your dentist will instruct you to clean it with a toothbrush and toothpaste after each use, and it should be brought to your hygiene appointments for inspection.

If you’re interested in fighting the effects of snoring, contact Dr. Andrea Stevens today.

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