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By S & G Family Dentistry
November 29, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: snoring  

Find out why those nights of snoring could be affecting your health.snoring

While sitcoms certainly make snoring partners seem like a hilarity, this problem is certainly not as funny as it might seem. Sure, we know it’s definitely not fun for the offender’s sleep partner but snoring is actually really an unhealthy habit to have. “Why?” you might be wondering. Our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are here to tell you.

If you snore loudly or persistently then you will want to read on to find out why this could cause serious issues for your health. Snoring happens when there is an obstruction that affects the amount of air that goes through the nose and mouth. There are many reasons this problem might happen and it’s important that you get the issue evaluated right away by a medical professional.

What health problems are linked to snoring?

If you snore regularly then you may also be at high risk for certain health issues such as:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (the majority of those with this sleep disorder are also snorers)
  • Poor sleep quality
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Obesity
  • Extreme fatigue

As you can see it’s important that you don’t just ignore your nighttime snoring. It could truly cause serious ramifications for your health.

How can a dentist help?

You may be curious to know how our Leawood, KS, general dentist could provide you with the treatment you need to stop snoring. Whether you are suffering from sleep apnea or not, we may be able to eliminate snoring and help you sleep better by providing you with a custom oral appliance.

Oral appliance therapy looks similar to a mouthguard and will fit over your teeth to keep the airways open while you sleep. There are a couple different ways this oral appliance can work. It might work by suppressing the tongue and preventing it from obstructing the throat or the appliance may reposition the jaws to prevent the tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing. If you snore or if you have minor-to-moderate sleep apnea, then it’s time to talk to us about whether oral appliance therapy is the best approach for tackling your symptoms.

If you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea then it might be time you turned to one of our dentists to find out if oral appliance therapy is the right approach to getting a better night’s rest. Call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, today.