If you find that you wake yourself or your family members at night with loud snoring, you may want to find a solution. This sleep problem can be caused for many reasons from genetics to poor bedtime habits. You may turn to other healthcare professions or at-home remedies to try to solve this disorder, but there is an easier way. At Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, Michigan, we have a noninvasive method to treat your snoring problem. This will improve your quality of rest and overall health.
A Common Problem That Can Harm Your Health
Nearly half of Americans struggle with snoring problems. This can be due to a variety of reasons. Consuming heavy amounts of alcohol, smoking, medications, genetics, weight gain, and sleeping on your back can all be contributing factors. For some people, improving their bedtime routine by not consuming caffeine or alcohol a few hours before bed can help alleviate this problem.
Do Not Ignore Your Snoring Problem
Some patients may not be able to solve this issue on their own. Ignoring your sleep disorder for extended periods can negatively affect your health. It can be stressful to deal with a lack of sleep without knowing where to go for help. Your dentist can help identify the problem at your next appointment. Frequent snoring may lead to you breathing with an open mouth. This can cause dry mouth, bruxism, cavities, and other dental-related issues.
An Oral Appliance Can Help
One of the main reasons to address snoring is because it may be linked to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but it is a common symptom. OSA can harm your health by interrupting your breathing while you sleep. Patients with OSA are at a higher risk for heart problems, which can be scary to face. In addition to cardiovascular problems, it can also contribute to dental problems like open mouth breathing which can cause dry mouth and put you at a higher risk for tooth decay and infections.
In the past, there were few treatments for these problems. A CPAP machine could be used while you sleep to help keep your airways open at night. Surgery is also available that can remove the excess tissue which causes the blockage at night.
An oral appliance is a non-surgical, minimally invasive tool that can be inserted into your mouth as you sleep. This relieves pressure from your jaw bones and teeth and allows you to breathe properly. A custom-made one can be made from an impression taken from your dentist.
Schedule A Consultation Today
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Okoniewski, call Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.