Snoring and the Sleep Dentist
Visiting Brush Up Dental and speaking with Dr. Lipscomb may shed some light on your snoring. Snoring can have negative consequences on your sleep, your health, and affect those around you. Dr. Lipscomb has had extensive training in Sleep Apnea for Dentists, and can help you find a way to stop snoring!
Is snoring really a problem?
Growing up, my dad always snored, and we never thought anything of it. It was a minor annoyance on family overnight trips, and something to joke about when he fell asleep on the couch. In fact, this snoring could be a sign of something more sinister like sleep apnea. It is thought that over 90 million people in the U.S. snore. Chance are that you are one of them. This snoring is often a sign of unproductive sleep, so those who snore are often not well rested or excessively tired. Snoring can also affect others, keeping bed partners awake and disrupting their sleep. Snoring and sleep apnea are usually thought to be a problem of overweight men, but can also be seen in women and children. Snoring in children is very concerning, because children should never snore, and the presence of snoring could be the sign of an airway problem. If you snore, call Brush Up Dental Today and set up a consultation with Dr. Lipscomb 804-673-5280.
Why do I snore?
Most snoring results from the tongue or other tissue in the mouth blocking off the airway in the back of your throat. Most of us can’t live without air, so our bodies try to pull air in while we are sleeping. The blockage in the back of the throat keeps the air from flowing smoothly, and instead creates a noisy flow which is what we consider snoring. The greater the blockage, the harder it is for the air to pass, and so the louder the snoring. Sometimes this blockage may complete obstruct the airway, letting no air pass. This scary episode may result in some gasping or stopping breathing between snoring.
How Do I Stop Snoring?
There are several ways to stop snoring. Here is a list of some good places to start.
- Reduce your weight –
- Reduce alcohol intake at night or before sleep
- Change your sleep position by sleeping on your side or stomach
- Elevate the head of your bed
- Seek Treatment with Dr. Lipscomb