Does your spouse or significant other constantly complain about your snoring habits? While snoring might not seem like a big deal, it sometimes points to more serious health problems like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Jeffrey Gilmor, DDS, Verena Phillips, DDS, and their team at Glen Dental Center in Glenview, Illinois, regularly help their patients stop snoring and get a better night’s sleep. To request your consultation, call the office today.
A variety of things can contribute to snoring, including the way your sinuses and mouth are formed, certain allergies, and your weight.
When you fall asleep, the muscles and soft tissues in the back of your throat relax, which can partially block your airway. Every time you breathe, these tissues vibrate which causes the sounds associated with snoring.
Snoring is a common problem that affects about 90 million adults in the United States. In some cases, it points to more serious health problems like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA.)
Not everyone who snores has OSA, but you might if you experience any of the following symptoms when you wake up:
If you regularly wake up during the night or experience excessive daytime sleepiness, you should make an appointment with the team at Glen Dental Center.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing during sleep. Left untreated, OSA can lead to a variety of more serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, headaches, and depression.
There are a variety of risk factors that can increase your risk of snoring, including:
Snoring also tends to run in families. If your parents or grandparents snored, you’re more likely to snore.
To diagnose snoring, the team at Glen Dental Center does an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. They might also ask you to bring your partner to your appointment, so they can ask them about observations they’ve made while you’re sleeping.
Depending on your symptoms, the team might also order a chest X-ray or refer you to a doctor who can do a sleep study.
At Glen Dental Center, the team regularly prescribes the cutting-edge Silent Nite® Slide-Link snore guard made by Glidewell Laboratories to combat snoring.
This appliance pushes your jaw forward, creating more space for your airway, and preventing the vibration of the soft tissues at the back of your throat.
Each Silent Nite Slide-Link snore guard is custom made. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a lab that manufactures your final appliance.
Don’t let snoring prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep or threaten your health. Make an appointment at Glen Dental Center by calling the office today.