Should I be concerned that I snore?
When the tissues in your mouth, tongue, or throat relax too much, your airway becomes blocked. These tissues vibrate as air passes through them, causing that characteristic snoring sound. This noise gets louder as your airway narrows.
Snoring is very common — about 50% of adults snore frequently. That doesn’t mean that it’s completely harmless, though. In some cases, frequent snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea. This condition increases the risk of developing a heart attack and serious health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke.
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Is “snoring” the same as “sleep apnea”?
We all snore sometimes. Although occasional snoring doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong, frequent loud snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea. Research shows that about 1 in 2 snorers suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This means that if you snore loudly and repeatedly, there’s a high chance you have sleep apnea.
If you think this could be you, don’t worry. Dr. Jensen can assess your mouth and find out if you suffer from sleep apnea. If you do, he will guide you and provide you with recommendations to help you take the best care of your health.
How can I prevent snoring?
Although the right treatment for snoring depends on the root cause, there are different things that you can do to prevent it. These may lower your risk of developing sleep apnea, too:
- Don’t drink any alcohol before going to bed
- Avoid smoking
- Exercise and keep a healthy diet
- Sleep on your side — avoid sleeping on your back
- Keep your body hydrated
- Raise your pillow
- Avoid taking sedative medications before going to bed
- Use a humidifier
Signs of snoring in your mouth
How does snoring affect your mouth? When your airway becomes blocked and you snore, your brain sends signals to your mouth to grind your teeth forward, in order to open the airway and tense those relaxed tissues.
If you snore, Dr. Jensen may note some signs of teeth grinding (bruxism) in your mouth, like:
- Damaged enamel
- Cracked teeth
- Gum recession
- Swollen gums
Symptoms of sleep apnea
Patients with OSA experience periods of loud snoring followed by moments of quietness, when their breathing slows or ceases completely. This causes them to wake up several times throughout the night. Other symptoms of OSA include:
- Drowsiness during the day and difficulty to focus
- Intense headaches
- Waking up with a sore throat
Other causes of snoring
Snoring might have other causes besides sleep apnea. These include:
- Sleeping on your back
- Nasal congestion
- Not getting enough sleep
- Alcohol consumption
- Being overweight
- Anatomical factors
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Can I schedule a dentist appointment today?
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Address: 9138 Arlon St. Ste. B3, Anchorage, AK 99507
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8AM - 4PM
Phone: (907) 868-3000
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