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Snoring Is Bad For Health And Can Best Be Treated By Your Dentist

Snoring can seriously harm health because it disturbs the sleep of not only the snorer but any partner. It will surprise most people to know that dentists have some of the best treatments for snoring.

Everyone has increasingly become aware that getting a good night’s sleep is very important. If you don’t sleep well long enough (most of us require 6-8 hours of quality shut-eye), the impact can be enormous, including:

  • Sleep deprivation causes about 100,000 auto accidents a year, with 1,550 deaths. The risk of injury on the job and even death is also greatly increased if someone has not had enough sleep.
  • Lack of sleep also seriously impacts overall health, increasing the risk of all types of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and strokes, as well as diabetes. One study showed that those who cut sleep time from seven to five hours doubled their likelihood of death of all kinds.
  • Insomniacs are five times more likely to suffer from depression.
  • Loss of sleep can cause memory loss.
  • Those who don’t get enough quality sleep are likely to put on extra weight.

Of course, if an individual gets the right amount of solid sleep, they will awake reinvigorated and remain energetic and alert throughout the day.

So what causes snoring? The tongue and muscles in the roof of the mouth and throat relax when we sleep and can block the airway, especially for those who are overweight because they have more fatty tissue at the back of the throat. When they breathe, the air going in and out results in the snoring sound. A quarter of adult women, 40% of men, and 10% of children are frequent snorers. Smokers and those who drink alcohol or use sedatives are also more likely to snore.

The effect of snoring on oral health is that it causes the mouth to become dry and lack of saliva to wash away harmful bacteria leads to cavities and infections. The snoring specialists at Wilshire Smile Studio can examine patients to see if they can be helped by a custom-made oral appliance that is similar to the mouth guard that is worn by athletes or for those who tend to grind their teeth. This can keep the tongue and tissues comfortably in place to prevent snoring and these snoring guards have a high success rate.

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Some patients may have a more serious problem called sleep apnea, whose primary symptom is snoring, but others may include waking up choking or gasping for breath, “cotton mouth” on upon waking, sore throats, morning headaches, chest pain during the night, lowered sex drive, and high blood pressure.

Apneas are pauses for breath that can last as long as 90 seconds and occur as many as 100 times an hour, without the individual being even aware, causing the individual to partially awaken and disturb the quality of sleep, leading to all the health problems that regular snoring causes.

The standard medical therapy is to wear a device at night called a CPAP, which involves lying on one’s back and using a mask, which is much more uncomfortable and expensive that the approaches a  dental specialist can provide.

There are two types of the disorder. One is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which can be generally treated with the snoring guard, but in some cases minor surgery needs to be performed, which can be done by an oral surgeon.

The other type, Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), is due to the brain failing to send a signal to the muscles that control breathing, and the dentist can write a prescription for a drug that can correct that.

Call to set an appointment for an examination so that the Wilshire Smile Studio snoring and sleep apnea specialists can determine which solution would work best for you: 323-DENTIST (336-8478).

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