While snoring is not a topic that is always discussed openly, it affects millions of people.
So, if you have been accused of snoring excessively or too loudly, rest assured that you’re not alone.
In fact, snoring is not just disruptive to your partner’s sleep, it is disruptive to your own sleep as well.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, but some of the most common ones are:
- The anatomy of your mouth.Having a low, thick and soft palate can narrow your airway. If the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate is elongated, airflow can be obstructed—and, thus, the snore sound.
- Consuming alcohol.Snoring also can be brought on by consuming too much alcohol before bedtime. Alcohol relaxes throat muscles and decreases your natural defenses against airway obstruction.
- Nasal problems.Chronic nasal congestion or a crooked partition between your nostrils (deviated septum) may contribute to your snoring.
- Sleep apnea.Snoring can also be associated with obstructive sleep apnea. In this serious condition, your throat tissues partially or completely block your airway, preventing you from breathing.
Solutions to snoring
While more serious conditions like sleep apnea must first be ruled out, common snoring can be reduced with a snoring device.
Arlington dentist, Dr. Marchbanks has worked with hundreds of patients on their snoring. He has a simple device that repositions your jaw to reduce or even eliminate your snoring that is an immediate fix for many cases.
Snoring is disruptive and frequently unhealthy, plus it only gets worse with time. Call Dr. Marchbanks today to see what options he has for reducing or even eliminating you or your partner’s snoring.