A persistently snoring spouse can make getting rest nearly impossible. But how can you ask someone to control something that happens during sleep? Unfortunately, snoring can put a damper on an entire relationship. Therefore, it is imperative to find a way to stop snoring if it is affecting your relationship. But how can snoring be treated?
Dr. Deborha Staten answers this question and others from your most frequently asked questions about snoring.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when the soft tissues of the throat relax and dip into the airway of a sleeper. When he or she breathes, these tissues vibrate, creating the sound we associate with snoring. Because the tissues must be pulled into the airway by gravity to interfere with the airflow, rolling a snorer over onto his or her side can sometimes quiet the snoring.
Can Snoring Be a Symptom of Something Else?
Absolutely. Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, which occurs when the airway becomes fully blocked by the throat tissues during sleep. When the airway is closed, the brain becomes oxygen deprived and wakes the sleeper. This process can occur hundreds of times per night, interfering with rest and resulting in poor performance at work or school.
How Is Snoring Treated?
To stop snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Staten may prescribe and oral appliance called a sleep guard for nighttime wear. The sleep guard pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open during the night. It also protects teeth from bruxism, or teeth grinding, which can occur in OSA patients. With the airway open, snoring should cease, resulting in better sleep for the snorer and his or her spouse.
Schedule a Visit with Dr. Staten
Do you want to stop snoring so that you and your spouse can get better rest? If so, schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Staten today by calling 702-736-7979.