Stop Snoring Without Heavy Machinery

Mar 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Richmond Dentist, Sleep Apnea

stop SnoringA major problem with snoring is that you may not even realize it’s an issue unless you sleep with a partner who can complain about it. While logic may seem to dictate that if no one is present for your snoring to wake, then it isn’t a problem, the truth is that snoring can sometimes indicate a serious health risk known as obstructive sleep apnea, and can prove more than a nuisance to your own wellbeing. One of the more successful options for treating the mechanisms that lead to snoring and sleep apnea involves the use of a continuous positive airflow pressure (CPAP) machine. Unfortunately, many people find the machine cumbersome and therefore counterproductive as the inconvenience makes sleeping more difficult. Luckily, for most cases, your Richmond dentist can offer a simpler, more convenient solution to stop snoring without the use of heavy machinery.

The Mechanics Behind Snoring

Snoring is a common condition that varies in severity. When you sleep, the muscles and tissues in your body relax, including those in your mouth and throat. When these oral tissues give way to gravity, they can compress together and obstruct your airway. The sound made during episodes of snoring are caused by these tissues vibrating as air squeezes past them. In many cases, changing position in your sleep may alleviate the problem as the tissues shift and unblock your airway. In some cases, however, the tissues can collapse tightly enough to completely block your airway and stop your breathing. Your body panics and wakes just enough to start breathing again, but not enough to rouse you to consciousness. You can remain unaware of your obstructive sleep apnea, but these cycles can occur hundreds of times a night and deprive your mind and body of much-needed deep sleep.

An Alternative to CPAP

A CPAP machine helps prevent snoring and sleep apnea by increasing the air pressure in your throat so that your oral tissues don’t collapse. While effective, treatment requires the use of a mask attached to a machine, which many patients may find too uncomfortable to fall asleep. As an alternative to the CPAP machine, Dr. Moiceanu may recommend a custom-designed oral device designed to hold your jaw in a slightly forward position. Less intrusive than a CPAP machine, your oral device can create the same anti-collapsing effect without requiring a mask and machinery.

Sleep Easier with Help from Your Richmond Dentist

If you or your partner suffer from excessive snoring and would like to learn if an oral appliance can help you rest easier, schedule a consultation with your Richmond CA,dentist by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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