Do you lie awake next to a snorer at night? If so, you know the frustration of trying and failing to get to sleep. You may also know the difficulty of trying not to blame your loved one for a problem he or she cannot control. Still, it is nearly impossible to keep your frustrations from spilling over into your relationship. Therefore, in an effort to help stop all the snoring, Dr. Staten is answering your most frequently asked questions about snoring.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is the sound that results from the vibration of the soft tissues of the throat. These tissues relax during sleep, and gravity pulls them into the airway, where the flow of air moving past them causes them to vibrate.
Why does it sometimes help to roll a snorer on his or her side or stomach?
Rolling a snorer onto his or her side or stomach can help because doing so prevents gravity from pulling the throat’s tissues down into the airway. Of course, rolling a snorer over is only a temporary fix because people are prone to changing their sleeping positions throughout the night.
Can snoring be part of a bigger problem?
It can. If the throat’s tissues completely obstruct airflow, a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) results. OSA can make it very difficult for a sleeper to rest because when the airflow becomes obstructed, the oxygen-deprived brain wakes the sleeper. This process can occur hundreds of times during the night, preventing adequate rest.
How is OSA treated?
When treating OSA, Dr. Staten may prescribe an oral appliance called a sleep guard to be worn during sleep. The purpose of the sleep guard is to push the lower jaw forward so that the airway remains open during the night. Wearing the sleep guard also helps to stop snoring.
Schedule a Visit with Your Las Vegas Dentist
Is snoring taking its toll on your relationship? Contact Dr. Staten today to discuss treatment that can help you stop snoring. Call our office at 702-736-7979 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.