For many people, snoring is an occasional annoyance. Unfortunately for many people, it is a serious and even life-threatening problem. Snoring can arise from a variety of causes.
In some cases, snoring is a temporary condition caused by congestion, such as that from a cold or flu.
In many other cases, however, the condition is chronic, and the snoring may lead to serious long-term health problems if left untreated.
Fortunately, there are a variety of snoring treatments available today that can improve your breathing, reduce or eliminate snoring, and let you get the quiet, peaceful night’s sleep you need.
Some of the simplest and most effective snoring treatments available are custom-fitted dental devices that keep the airways open during sleep.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by a loosening of the soft tissues of the mouth and throat. As we sleep, our muscles relax, causing the airways to become lax and narrow. This restricts the airflow during sleep, and also causes the distinctive snoring sound as we attempt to take in enough air.
What are the effects of snoring?
In addition to being an annoyance to yourself and others, snoring can cause a number of other problems, including:
- Daytime fatigue
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Lack of energy and alertness
Over the long term, snoring can result in a prolonged loss of blood flow to the brain, which may lead to a variety of serious medical problems, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Other cardiovascular diseases
Dental appliances are one of the easiest and most effective snoring treatments available today. A simple, custom-fitted device that holds the airways open and taut during sleep, a dental appliance can reduce or eliminate snoring, improving sleep quality for the snorer and sleep partners.