- October 16, 2016
Are you putting your relationship at risk by ignoring your snoring? The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) reports that more than 25% of Americans are angry or annoyed by their partner’s loud snoring.
Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his associates at LANAP and Implant Center of Pennsylvania can help treat your snoring. By visiting us at either our Collegeville, PA office or our location in Williamsport, PA, you can show your partner how much you value them and their need for sleep. You’ll also be looking after your own health.
Why We Snore
Your entire body relaxes when you sleep. That includes the muscles and tissue in the back of your throat and mouth. This relaxation can cause your airway to become more narrow and make breathing harder. Your body’s increased effort to take in air causes vibrations that result in snoring.
If you snore, you may have been dealing with this your entire life. You may have even said as much to your partner. It may have seemed like your only options were for your partner to learn to cope with less restful sleep or to begin sleeping in separate rooms. That’s probably not how you imagined your life together.
But you do have options. A consultation at LANAP and Implant Center can help you find the solution that’s best for you and your partner. Schedule your consultation today by calling us at our Collegeville location at 610-228-4366 or our Williamsport location at 570-505-6908.
How To Treat Snoring
One of the simplest ways to treat your snoring is with a custom-fitted Silent Nite mouthguard. The Silent Nite is custom-fit for your comfort. You don’t want to set out to bring your partner peace by fixing your snoring with a solution that makes you uncomfortable, which can be the case with many one-size-fits-all type night guards.
The Silent Nite will move your lower jaw forward creating more room in the back of your mouth to reduce or eliminate the vibration of the tissue around your airway. Because the Silent Nite does allow for some movement, you won’t wake in the morning with a stiff jaw or find it difficult to breathe while wearing it.
You’ll also appreciate that the Silent Nite is BPA-free, so you don’t have to worry about potential toxins leeching out of your dental appliance while you sleep. We only offer the highest quality solutions at LANAP and Implant Center.
If a dental device isn’t the right solution for you, you might find a CPAP machine that helps force air into your airways while you sleep more beneficial. Advances have been made in CPAP technology so the machines are much smaller and more comfortable to wear. As a last resort, you might consider surgery, but the success rate is about 50/50.
The Dangers Of Snoring
One of the main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea can be snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when something is blocking your airways while you sleep like the tissue and relaxed muscles discussed earlier or even your tongue.
Sleep apnea can actually cause you to stop breathing several times throughout the night. This can make it difficult to sleep deeply and wake up the in morning feel recharged and ready for the day. So, by treating your sleep apnea you and your spouse can both sleep better at night. If you snore, it doesn’t hurt to meet with one of our dentists to rule out sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Risks
Snoring may seem harmless, but if you’re tired during the day, you could become drowsy at work or while driving. We all know we’re in a better mood when we get a good night’s sleep. Drowsy days and crankiness aside, there are more serious health risks associated with sleep apnea:
- Heart and vascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Acid reflux
- Memory issues
- Reduced sexual performance
Some signs that you might be at risk for sleep apnea are:
- Men are more likely than women to suffer from sleep apnea
- Obesity can sometimes be a contributor
- Your odds for sleep apnea increase after your 40th birthday
- Genetics can play a part if you have a naturally large neck, tonsils, or adenoids
- It can run in the family
- It could be the side effect of allergies, sinus issues, or a deviated septum
Get serious about your spouse getting a good night’s sleep and get serious about your health. Call LANAP and Implant Center today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation. Call 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville location or 570-505-6908 for our Williamsport location.