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Mar
28

Dental Treatment For Snoring

Posted in Snoring Therapy

Have you woken up your spouse because of your snoring? Or maybe you wake yourself up throughout the night? Whatever the case may be – if you are snoring and it’s impacting your sleep, then it’s time to see your dental professional about this issue. Because snoring is a common issue there are plenty of snoring therapy options for you. Consider discussing options for treating snoring with your dentist.

What causes snoring?

Snoring is most common in people that are overweight, older, and typically in men. Snoring can be caused by drinking alcohol or by taking medication that makes you sluggish. You can also expect to snore if you have a cold or flu.

What to do to stop the snoring?

  • Exercise
  • Lose weight
  • Don’t take medicines that make you drowsy
  • Don’t drink alcohol right before bed
  • Change your sleep position

What if none of those ideas work to stop the snoring?

You can be prescribed an oral appliance that helps to keep your airway open. In order to be prescribed this your dentist may ask you to participate in a sleep study.

Any emergencies?

If you are feeling more tired than normal when you get up or if you have frequent headaches, you will want to see your dental professional right away. These are symptoms of a more serious condition called, sleep apnea. If you do have sleep apnea there are other options such as a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine holds your airway open all night. This machine also gives you a constant flow of more oxygen.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group

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