You’ve probably heard complaints about your snoring. Maybe you’re tired of being poked awake as soon as you begin “sawing logs.” Isn’t it time for a restful night’s sleep? David Jin, DDS, and the friendly, knowledgeable team at A Beautiful Smile Dentistry in Fort Lee, New Jersey, can find the cause of your snoring and come up with the best treatment plan for you. Call or schedule an online consultation today.
Tens of millions of adults snore, and research suggests snorers lose up to an hour of good sleep each night. Most snoring is caused by the movement of soft, fleshy tissues in your throat. When you sleep, your soft palate and uvula, the tissue dangling at the back of the roof of your mouth, relaxes and vibrates as you breathe in and out.
Although snoring generally isn’t harmful to your health, a history of snoring could mean you have a serious sleep disorder. Snoring is a common warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea, which can cause you to stop breathing hundreds of times a night.
Tell Dr. Jin if you’re experiencing these symptoms:
Making certain changes to your lifestyle and sleep habits can help cut down your snoring. You may want to try:
The most common treatment for snoring is a device called an oral appliance. Custom-fitted to the shape of your mouth, the device fits like a retainer or mouth guard you’d wear while playing sports.
You put the oral appliance into your mouth right before bed. While you’re sleeping, it works by supporting your jaw in a forward position to keep your airway open. This allows the free flow of air and stops your snoring.
Another treatment is what’s called a continuous positive airway pressure system, or CPAP. This treatment includes a small mask you wear over your nose. As you sleep, CPAP sends a stream of pressurized air through the mask to keep your airway open. CPAP treatments may last several weeks or months, depending on the severity of your condition.
In some cases, laser treatment for snoring may help. Laser treatment works by heating and tightening tissues in your throat. This opens up your airway and stops snoring.
Dr. Jin may also suggest a nasal spray if the passages in your nose are blocked by swelling or too much mucus.
Dr. Jin and his caring team can help you decide whether one of these choices is right for you. If you’re ready to take the first step toward a good night’s sleep, call today or schedule a consultation online with the good-sleep experts at A Beautiful Smile Dentistry.